Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I said a while ago that I'd get pictures of me wearing this at a wedding, but the lighting was yellow and warm, which made a cozy setting for the nuptials but the pictures on my point-and-shoot weren't so great. So instead you're getting the standard hallway pics.
Wool jersey that I got last year in LA, at a fabulous little store called Fabrics Fabrics (or Fabric Fabric, I couldn't really tell). I think there is some spandex in there too because if you stretch it you can see tiny little shiny fibers. It really was a dream to work with.
Notes on construction/alterations
Marfy patterns don't come with instructions but the patterns pieces are printed with relevant information like letters indicating match points and stitch lines for pleats (see this post). Seam and hem allowances are not included, which I don't mind as it gave me a chance to use my new Olfa rotary cutter extension guide.
I made two alterations after my muslin - (1) a swayback adjustment, and (2) I scooped out the neckline a bit to open it up more, I somehow lost my photograph showing my altered pattern piece, but I didn't slice off more than an inch at the widest point, and I still have pretty good coverage.
I finished the neckline with a strip of the fashion fabric - I folded it in half, stitched it to the right side of the neckline, turned it to the wrong side, and topstitched in place.
I interfaced the hem, including the fold line, with Pro-Tricot fusible interfacing from Sew Exciting. This gives such a nice, durable hem. Using a file folder, I cut a template 1.5" wide, the depth of the hem, and used it to press the allowance up before stitching. I sewed 2 parallel rows of straight stitches just so I wouldn't have to worry about any tunneling that can happen with a twin needle.
I'm happy with how it turned out, but this dress will be something I wear only on certain occasions. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but something about this dress makes me feel like I look 10 years older than I actually am. And I'm not quite ready for that. Still, it was a great style to get my feet wet with Marfy.