démodéadjective:old fashioned, out of style, unfashionable [from French, the past participle of démoder "to go out of fashion," from mode "fashion"].
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
First step was tracing the pattern and scaling it up -- luckily it was only 4" off in the bust, so that made it relatively easy. Usually when I scale up patterns I scale the whole thing, which means that it ends up too big in the shoulders (because we don't gain weight in our shoulders, do we?) -- following the instructions in the Threads article a few years back. This time I slashed and spread, keeping the shoulders relatively the same, and it worked out much better. I looked at the finished length measurement, which shockingly sounded right for me, but how can that be? I'm 5'11"! So I added my usual 3" to the hem (most of my height is in my legs).
Then it was on to cutting. I was really worried about working with the brown silk/cotton, as I fear squidgy evil won't-stay-in-one-place fabric - but it actually behaved itself! Using the roll cutter really helped, I'm sure.
I debated over and over about whether to use the print or the solid for the pocket pieces on the hips. I knew I didn't want to accentuate my hips, but at the same time, it seemed weird not to use the print somewhere else in the dress besides the neckline. And I thought, "My hips are going to be huge anyway. Let's slap something festive on them!" The pattern actually has functional pockets behind the skirt insets, but since this is a sheer/lightweight fabric, I knew I wouldn't use them (anything in them would cause the dress to pull, and show through). So I was able to skip the real pocket and just add the decorative piece on the hips.
So I machined the collar to the neckline, then handsewed the under edge of the collar.
Ah, my breeding hips - that's a lot of real estate! It's not a J.Lo butt -- it's all in the width (my husband says I come from a family of flatworms, because we all have flat butts). Thanks mom! Hopefully the neck tie and the sleeves (which will, after all, be long, because that was the husband's vote) will distract. And a cute hat and shoes!
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Monday, August 20, 2007
So I hemmed, and I hawed, and I wasn't going to go to Gatsby, and now I am, and the end result is that I need a dress. Not just any dress, no siree! It's the Come Hell or High Water, I'm Going to Have a New Dress for Gatsby if it Kills Me dress!
I mean, how cute is she? I would love to make this in very autumnal fabrics, as in the above photo, but when am I going to have an opportunity to wear it? Never! So I reimagined it as a summer dress.
So intersperse some wobbling about whether I should really go with 1920s on these hips (which you saw on my main blog and on LJ), a realization that I already had fabric, pattern, and accessories for this, plus the fact that 1920s is easy to make because of the lack of fitting required, and we are off!
posted by démodé 3:41 PM 5 comments