I’m afraid my brain is not working at the moment so I apologise in advance if none of this makes sense. I meant to post this yesterday but a few things happened to completely throw me so I am behind on everything. Nothing serious, and it turned out to be lots of fun but I am now feeling a bit frazzled. Anyway, I completed a dress for the Sew Weekly Reunion:
I owe a lot to the Sew Weekly. It was one of the first sewing blogs I discovered back in 2011 when I attempted to make my first dress. It was also my introduction to the Sewing community. Before that I was happy to lurk on Burdastyle and a couple of other blogs I had discovered but the community on the Sew Weekly were so helpful and encouraging that I took what was a pretty big step for me at that time and, shock horror, actually started communicating with people online. It didn’t take long before I was sewing along and I rapidly saw improvements. I was also encouraged, after talking to people on there, to set up the first short lived incarnation of this blog. So when I found out that the Sew weekly was having a reunion I immediately signed up.
The theme for this challenge was the Fall Pantone Colours. Fortunately I already had stuff in my stash (of course, my stash is huge), and a pattern. I got the fabric at the London Meet Up in April. Abakhan very generously donated loads of goodies and I got this mystery knit which happens to have four of the Pantone colours. I have no idea what it is as I can’t find it on their website but it is synthetic, soft, silky, possibly spandex with a lovely drape. I have no problem with synthetics for this kind of dress. I actually like the fact that it is fairly non-absorbent. It means that when made up as a dress I can chuck it over a soggy swimming costume to walk home from the beach and it doesn’t show embarrassing damp patches. Plus it dries in the sun in minutes.
The pattern was sent to me by Simplicity along with 1610, which I blogged here and here. I had noticed a gap in my me-made wardrobe and when they offered me a pattern to try I mentioned to them that I needed maxi dresses. They very generously sent me both patterns, plus the one I gave away here. I immediately thought of this fabric for 1612 but l had a couple of other projects on the go and it got bumped down the queue. However when this challenge was announced it was the perfect opportunity.
We took photos at Whitstable castle. There is a great little park there for the kids and the gardens have been awarded a Green Flag Award. They do some cool stuff there in the evenings too. Tonight there is a Black Tie Open air music event, they also host Murder Mystery evenings and I am dying for details of the Hammer House of Horror weekend that will be taking place there next year to be released. Unfortunately you can’t see much of the castle or gardens in these pictures, I had to resort to bribing the children to take them before releasing them into the park. If you can see beyond my squinty alien death stare you can see some of the castle here:
And this one was taken in the gardens. Look how cool the back is. The dress I mean, although the gardens are pretty nice as well. I do love a bit of back detail:
Ignore my attempt at pattern matching. As you can see it started okay at the top but the centre back seam is actually a bit curved, so that and the stretchiness meant that it is not matching all the way down. Oh well….
This one shows the front a bit better:
And look, I have a spot on the back of my neck. And a weird curl. Another benefit of writing this blog. People were probably staring at my spot all day and I would never have known. At least the spot is centred. Studies suggest that attractive people are more symmetrical than us mere mortals, so my spot must just make me even more attractive (humour me please…..)
Actually the twisty bit at the back of the dress looks a bit wonky in that one so here is another on my dress form showing what it should look like when it hasn’t been worn to chase small children around a park:
So there you go, my Pantone challenge dress. And unlike most of my previous Sew weekly Challenges I managed to get it done early. So here are The Facts:
Fabric: Mystery synthetic knit from Abakhan. It feels really nice to wear and drapes well, perfect for this dress. I forgot to measure it before I started but I think it was about three metres long, and it is pretty wide. I used all but a few scraps. However this is a directional print and I also made a feeble attempt at pattern matching, so you could probably get away with less.
Notions: Thread, a short length of half inch elastic sewn along the back.
Pantone Challenge colors: Emerald, Mykonos Blue, Linden Green(ish), Koi
Pattern: Simplicity 1612. I made view C, maxi length with a twisty bit at the front and an open bit with a twisty bit at the back. Sorry I can’t be more technical but if you look at the pictures you’ll see what I mean.
Time to complete: 4-ish hours, using my sewing machine and overlocker/ serger. This is such a simple pattern to make, even with those twisty bits. It is perfect if you need a quick and easy project to get your Sew-jo back or as an introduction to knits. The only adjustments I made were to take an inch and a half out of the centre back seam. Looking at these pictures I think I may go back and take it in a bit more at the side seams.
First worn: Wednesday, taking the kids to the Whitstable castle park.
Wear again? Already have – I wore it today and it did everything I wanted it to. Perfect for pulling over my swimsuit and helping my children collect dead crabs on the beach (what a crazy rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle I lead). I love it and can see myself making more, especially as it is such a quick make.
Total Cost: Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Result!
And because at the moment I only seem to get a chance to photograph my makes after I have been running around in them all day, here are a couple more on my dress form before it got worn: