Monday, 4 January 2016

Seeing (sewing) in the new year: lace

Green is my year-round favourite colour. When I saw a few green lace fabrics on Pitt Trading’s IG account, I was at the store asap because they have lots of end of designer rolls.
I welcomed in the New Year with this lace dress.
I find working with lace is like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle and I love jigsaw puzzles.
The lace:
This has a two-row repeat – large flowers and smaller flowers.
This lace is sofe and was lovely to sew with.

This lace has additional embroidery to the flowers so it was easy to know which was the right side. 
Here's how I layed out the back skirt pieces with the pockets before cutting into the lace.
The lining:
I draped this lace over blue, grey, purple, skin-toned and white fabric. 
Blue lining was my favourite and lots of you  loved the blue lining too. The blue adds more depth to the green so blue fabric won. 
See what I mean about the blue fabric?
Style:
A fitted bodice was a must with an interesting neckline accentuate the lace so I chose Simplicity 1425 View C.
The neckline wasn't a deep as I thought it worked.
The back is plain so it was easy to sew in an invisible zipper and line up the seams. The pattern is designed for buttons at the back and not zippers.

I chose to balance the lace on the back bodice instead of trying to match the lace at the zipper seam.

I ran out of time to add a sassy, pencil skirt so I added my basic A-line skirt with side seam pockets. 
I wore this dress to the NYE party we went to.

Without making a test dress (not like me) I sewed up this dress with the side seams sewn up last. This made it easy for me to size it down to fit me.


I made the 12 size based on the pattern information but realised I should have made the 8 with a 10 waist. 


I also had to shorten the front bodice pieces, which meant a bit of unpicking and resewing but I was on holidays so I had the time to do this.

I did a full bust adjustment on the bodice and it sits nicely on me.

Here's my second try at making Simplicity 1425, using Pitt Trading fabric from the stash.
This pin-striped top above is my second attempt and tweaking the pattern. This also gave me a better idea about sizing. Did I mention I took out 10cm out of the side seams on the dress. 
Mr V took these photos way after midnight.
Conclusion
It's all good! 
I'll be using Simplicity 1425 again for a dress/top this Summer.

Pitt Trading has their Summer sale on and if you can't get to the store, they have some of their fabrics listed on their website now. From the website sale fabrics, I bought spot dot and cascade.

All the best to everyon for 2016.

1 comment:

Sew little time said...

I love the blue lining wirh the green lace! It looks beautiful.

Just to let you ow i couldnt comment on my phone using the mobile version of the site. I had to click through to the web version. Using chrome.

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