Yay! Project Sewn is here. Boy am I glad it’s here, because my procrastination was killing me. Seriously, I love waiting until the last minute, nothing like having things go terribly awry to keep you on your toes, right? So here’s my entry for the Little Black Dress theme: Fall Mod.
So after spending about 10+ hours tediously embroidering on some linen in hopes of turning it into a fabulous bodice for a dress, I finished said dress and felt super blah about it. I suppose I could have made it work with some fancy modeling poses, but it didn’t feel like the kind of dress I would wear plus it just was too messed up. I had made a muslin for it, but things have their own way with linen and my skillful hands (ahem – not quite).
Well, if this competition doesn’t make a person realize how much they still have to learn about dressmaking, I don’t know what would. Test time! I am proud of myself though, I had fun devising my own little construction methods to put this dress together. It began with a Laurel Dress (Colette Patterns), some Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen, and a bit of luck. After making my Laurel dress the first time, I knew a few things I needed to alter. So I adjusted the arm syc and the bust darts. For the neckline I made a partial lining to accommodate the v-notch. I really love the shape. I also used french seams throughout, love that about having a 5/8″ seam allowance.
To compliment the neck cut out, I added sleeve facings with the same v-notch. I like the sleeve length and it’s really comfortable to wear, no need for a cardigan, that’s a first. I think this dress could look quite fancy, but I wanted to try and make it more casual so I might actually wear it once in a while. I added big patch pockets and some embroidery details. I use some perle cotton and stitched along the neckline, sleeves, and the top of the pockets. I wish the brown was a bit lighter in color to make it a bit more noticeable, but it’s what I had on hand. I still like the detail if even it’s only me who notices it.
And can I just say that the Washers Linen is great?! It’s got such a great feel to it, plus it’s blended with rayon so the drape is quite lovely as well. I’m glad I had enough forethought to buy it in a few more colors.
Be sure to stop by Project Sewn and check out all the other ladies and their little black dresses!