Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sew Chic - starting Fifth Avenue

On Pattern Review, you may have read about Sew Chic patterns and Laura Nash.
"Your destination Hot Spot for  Glamorously Chic Sewing Patterns  that are Stylish, Flirty, Modish, Glitzy and Retro all rolled into one!"

Long story short: I've made Fifth Avenue and I have a few finishing touches to go.
The back story: Last year I managed the Vintage Pattern contest and the contest entries opened my eyes to all things vintage. And while I love looking at the detailing on real vintage clothes, I still like the feel of wearing new clothes so making vintage styling has begun to steer my sewing.

Sew Chic patterns can be purchased via the Pattern Review online shop too.
Last year I made a few formal dresses for a family wedding and Fifth Avenue kinda suits those occasions or cocktail events. But Fifth Avenue would also be great for a high tea with a few sewing friends who love making something new for the occasion!

Selecting the size
The bodice has is princess seamed and the midriff has a band so I chose my size based on my bust measurement (10). Changing the waist and hip dimensions seemed the easier option to me. The midriff piece is in the picture below.

Tracing off the pattern
I used crayons. Don't laugh. I bet you've read about using crayons to trace off patterns but haven't tried it yet. Or maybe the thought of tracing with crayons for a special occasion ggown would be too risky. Crayons worked.
Pattern alterations
I've shortened the skirt so that it sits at the knee. Fifth Avenue is mid-calf length.
The centre back is on the fold and because I have a sway back, I've converted the centre back to have a seam so I can mould the back better.

This highly embroidered fabric was gifted to me by a colleague and I have made a shift dress out of it before so I know it sews well. So at times I've cut this fabric with paper scissors because the embroidery is so thick.
This fabric has stems and flowers all through it so placing the flowers in the best position was the other element to making this dress work.
More about layout and construction in the next post. It's a pretty dress. The ladies at Rhodes sewing last week loved Fifth Avenue and they can be a tough sewing crowd to impress. But I think everyone basically loves a beautiful dress.


RhondaBuss said...

Love the fabric. Should be a wonderfully dramatic dress!

BeaJay said...

You are right - it is a beautiful dress - I was very lucky to see it in life on Saturday. I don't think pictures will be able to do it justice.

prttynpnk said...

Those are lovely patterns- I can't wait to see this!

Valerie said...

That really is a pretty pattern. Can't wait to see the dress.

Jean said...

Gorgeous fabric! Looking forward to seeing the finished dress.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

can't wait to see your dress, that pattern looks so pretty

Lynneb said...

It's going to be beautiful! Must get one (or two. Or three) of those patterns!

Gail said...

Maria, your new dress is so beautiful and having seen it close up can vouch for its exquisite construction. I hope that you post a wearing photo.

Anonymous said...

That is my favourite of the Sew Chic patterns. I am really looking forward to reading about your progress. That fabric looks divine.


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