I found a great rayon jersey and knew I had plenty of patterns. I also bought a pretty poly satin/ silky, but since we're leaving in just a few days, I figured I better stick with the knit!
I have this pattern, McCalls 6752, and thought it would make a great maxi. Well, I got out the pattern pieces and got to work on the bodice, knowing that I would need a FBA. After I did all the alterations to the pattern and started to lay it out, I realized that the sheet with the skirt front and back were missing! Now what? Well, I figured I could certainly find another skirt pattern to use. I have made Christine Johnson's Basewear 2 skirt before, so I pulled that out. I had exactly enough fabric (2 yards) to make the dress long!
The dress is super easy - just a front, back and the skirt (the CJ skirt is the same piece for front and back, and it's a full pattern (not "place on fold") so you only have to cut it once! Everything went together pretty quickly, and then I tried it on. Remember that FBA I told you about? Well, THAT was a big mistake. I think Dolly Parton could have fit the bodice of this dress! I ended up taking the dress apart at the shoulder and removing an inch and a half all the way across, and then I angled down another half inch to the front edge. The bodice fits much better now, but next time I will also need to adjust the back so that the shoulder seams are not so far forward.
I do not have pictures yet, but when I tried it on last night (before fixing the shoulders) I realized that I either need to lose some serious weight quickly, or I need to get some super powerful spanx! This dress is CLINGY. Thank goodness it is black!!
I am still waiting to hem the dress because I am going out on Monday to find some strappy sandals to wear with it and the other dress(es) I plan to take.
My original plan was to finish this vogue dress. I started making it for an event last September. When I realized I was not going to finish it in time for the event, I quit working on it. Then I lost interest. It has been adorning my dressform for the last 10 months! Of course, when I went to work on it, I could not find the lining. I knew I had cut one out, but did not know where it was. When I got up today, I found it right away! So, as soon as I finished the chain-link dress, I pulled out that lining to see what I had done. I was so excited to see that I had already sewn together the front of it, which was the most difficult part. Today I almost finished the dress. I just have to figure out how I'm going to do the vent and vent lining. Hope to post pictures tomorrow night.
OH! And DH got a new suit (he's been needing one!) to wear on our anniversary on the cruise. There is just something about a man in a black suit, isn't there?