Time to counteract some of the sweetness of my last few dresses!
|Hanging out in alleyways...|
I saw this fun knit print a while ago, and couldn't resist buying some. Then I had to decide which pattern I had that would highlight this print effectively.
I finally decided on KwikSew 3533
. I was rather inspired by this dress
that I pinned a while back, even to the piles of books all around her...something I am quite familiar with ;)
In the inspiration piece, there were no sleeve bands -- I decided I liked that look so made View A, but left the sleeve bands off and just hemmed the sleeve edges with a narrow hem. I used Steam-A-Seam in the skirt hem before stitching and it kept the edge from getting all wavy as I sewed with my regular machine. Someday I'll have a serger or maybe even a coverstitch machine, but until then... this works.
|Kwik Sew 3533|
Also, I added pockets. I know there are problems with knit pockets sagging and ruining the line of a skirt, but I used the pocket piece from my old Simplicity 7177
, which are stitched into the waistband at the top, to keep them from flopping around. I had to alter the construction process a little, as the KS called for front and back sewn together at the side seams as the last step, but it all worked out.
I also made the waist ties twice as long as called for, so that I could wrap them around to the back and then back around to the front; I far prefer a front tie, as I feel it looks both more flattering and less dated. The waistband piece on this pattern is only in the front; if it was front and back I would just have tied the regular-length ties in the front, but I did want some black at the back waist as well.
|What, there is no graffiti here? I'll bring my own.|
|Heading into Allen's Alley, for official graffiti -- it even has|
a nice sign explaining who all the people on the walls are...
|The wind picked up...or was she blowing my hair around?|
|Front closeup, still windy!|
This is a super fun, easy wear. I did wear a camisole when I wore it to work, but it's not too low to wear without one in regular everyday life. The black centre yoke piece was the only fiddly bit, especially in the very slippery knit I was using. The instructions were a bit confusing; I had to pin and flip one side of the yoke to make sure I was connecting the bodice & the yoke correctly. Once I got that sorted everything else went very quickly and satisfyingly. I know I'm going to have fun wearing this one!
Love it! this pattern might inspire me to have a go!ReplyDelete
Oh, I hope so. Fun results for a fairly easy sewing experience :)Delete
Great dress! Love the style and the fabric!ReplyDelete
This is a really cute dress and I love your fabric! It was a perfect choice for this pattern.ReplyDelete
Thank you! The inspiration photo really helped me envision this one.Delete
Beautiful - just right for this dress :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Sarah Liz. I'd never want to make the same dress over and over again.. ;)Delete
Wow, great job! Please pin this to our fan gallery on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1koHoHuReplyDelete
Done and done... thanks!Delete
So pretty! Especially with the urban photos!ReplyDelete
Thanks! Couldn't resist this location; the alley is all local musicians so it was very appropriate :)Delete
Love this dress. Style looks great on you and print is such funReplyDelete
Thanks Tracy -- it's a comfortable and casual style. Fun to finally be able to wear this print!Delete
This is a really great dress. I love the black details, they go with that print wonderfully and the dress looks really nice on you.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I debated whether I should use black as the contrast but I'm glad I didDelete
I love the wrap like effect without the wrap! And the contrast is very good. Yay for adding non-floppy pockets, too. This whole dress is a great success!ReplyDelete
Good point -- it's nice to have a wrap effect without worrying about it gaping unseemingly ;) Thanks for your kind compliments!Delete
Fantastic dress! :) print is really lovelyReplyDelete
Thank you for stopping by to comment! It's nice to meet you, and discover your blog too :)Delete