Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Simplicity 2648 Flower Sheath

As if I could never have enough sheath dresses... 


Fabric Love Story...

The Fabric I chose for my third S2648 is matelasse from Elliott Berman Textiles. It was love at first sight, however, the price was not so pretty:$55/yard. I decided to wait and keep my fingers crossed, and hoped this beauty would not sold out until their anniversary sale.

On the night before the sale, I was so relieved to see that the lovely matelasse was still available.

The order confirmation e-mail was still in my old e-mail account:
Thank you for your order. Your order number is ****, placed 04/10/2012 at 01:44AM.
1:44AM? I did not hit the order button as soon as the date changed in the East Coast. That was a mistake. I received this message from the seller the following day:
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:28:14 -0400
Subject: re: Prada item
Dear Yuki: 
Thank you for placing an order with us. It is ready to ship, however, item MB-17473 Designer Matelasse. Prada. France is available in 1-3/8 only. If it can still work for you, I will charge you for 1-1/4 yards. So far the item is marked as SOLD OUT in your favor.
Oh...
While I was busy loading more fabric to my shopping cart and making tormenting decision to delete many of them, other smart shoppers around the world bought this fabric.

Of course I immediately let them know that I still wanted it, but with only 1-3/8 yard, my original plan of making A-line dress with my TNT, M5466 + V8555 had to be changed. 

Regardless, I was so happy that I could grab the last piece of the bolt because the real thing was so much more beautiful with a gentle drape and a soft hand. 

Both sides are equally beautiful, romantic, and oh so dreamy...


... and if you trim away white layer around flower motifs, the fabric will look like this:



I could combine these four "sides" any way I wanted: I could use the side of white background for bodice and melange for skirt, or sheer for center front and others for the rest, etc.

Honey, We Need to (Geek) Talk...

By the way, it is easy to know how many combinations you get to play around. Just type this formula in Excel:
= number of "sides" ^ number of pattern pieces
For example, I have four sides to play with and S2648 has ten pieces:
4 ^ 10 = 1,048,576
Oh wow, I get to play around more than a million combinations!? That is amazing!*

Now, Back to Sewing...

For lining, I could not think of any other but red silk. This is the same china silk that once rescued my daughter's concert dress. (You can read the story here: Adding Length to a Ruffle Dress )


After the lining was attached, this dress had been on the dress form for about three months. Everyday I saw it and grew to like how the red lining peeked out of the neckline. When I finally made time to finish this dress, the first thing I did was manipulate the lining to make it look like piping. All I did was trim the seam allowance so that it would function as cording, wrap the lining over it, and hand-sew it into place. 



I will probably wear this dress to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's concert which gives me another chance this year to listen to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. The theme of the concert? The Power of Romance -  Isn't this fabric perfect for that?  


*Long story short, I settled with only using the melange background side. Life is too short, seriously.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Simplicity 2648 White Sheath

Simplicity 2648
Simplicity 2648
The fabric is textured cotton which I purchased from Michael's Fabrics more than a couple of years ago. It has scale-like woven pattern. 


I used the pattern Simplicity 2648. Because the fabric was not opaque enough, the dress needed to be lined. I omitted the neckline and armhole facings but applied interfacing instead, and finished armhole with a bias tape binding.


If you will be sewing a white dress this summer, it is a good idea to make a muslin and fine-tune the fit. White makes you look larger, so an impeccable fit is a must.

Happy sewing everyone!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Yet Another Vogue 1247 Skirt

One of the perks of being petite is that we need less fabric (Yes!). I was able to cut both a dress (Simplicity 2648) and a skirt from 2 yards of 60"- width fabric.

The skirt pattern is a good old Vogue 1247. I still wear my orange (Vogue 1247 Rachel Comey Outfit) and white (Vogue 1247 White Skirt) V1247 skirts quite often so why not add a printed version to my wardrobe?

I added the length even more to my already elongated TNT to make the most of the beautiful cascading print. The hem hits at the lower part of my knee.


Just so you know, if you are careful and always place an on-fold piece on fold, your skirt front should not have a center seam. You see, mine does... go figure. 


Lastly, saving money is never a purpose of my sewing (always fabric first!) but getting both a dress and a skirt of great quality fabric for less than $50 is no doubt a steal - especially when those garments are custom fit!

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Leo thinks Arizona is too hot already... 
Happy sewing, everyone!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Simplicity 2648 Sheath Dress

Simplicity 2648

I had a great time working with this lovely fabric: CH Cotton Stretch purchased from Emma One Sock


This print reminds me of Gustav Klimt's Kiss for some reason:

Image Source: Wikipedia


The fabric was from Carolina Herrera Resort 2012 collection. You can see the entire collection at http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/2012RST-CHERRERA.

Carolina Herrera Resort 2012 Look #5

Carolina Herrera Resort 2012 Look #7

Carolina Herrera Resort 2012 Look #8

Pattern: Simplicity 2648 View B Size 6 
I raised the neckline by 5/8", changed the shoulder angle, and shortened the bodice.

What is great about Simplicity Amazing Fit collection is that you can choose SLIM/average/curvy fit option. When I started sewing long time ago, articles on pattern alteration were almost always about how to make things bigger, not other way around. So this collection is remarkable and I hope it continues to offer slim option. 


Skirt has a vent on the back.

Simplicity 2648 Back
 And I am still obsessed with Hong Kong finish. Hahaha.

Simplicity 2648 Inside
If I use this pattern again, I may change arm facings to bias facings or combine arm and neck facings and redraw as one piece.

Simplicity 2648 Facings

Until next time, happy sewing!