Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Maythe4thbewithyou

Stormtrooper print really should be worn by kids but I've used this print for a dress for moi and a shirt for Mr V.

Summary:
The dress is a New Look 6808 top that I've extended it to a maxi length and changed the neckline to a sharp V. 
The shirt is a vintage mens pattern. It fitted Mr V without too much fuss. He can be high maintenance but this pattern wasn't so this shirt was easy to sew. I still need to strong arm Mr V into taking a photo of him wearing his stormtrooper shirt. 
The fabric is a Spotlight purchase.

Dress detail:
I've made New Look 6808 a few times now.

Mum always used to say, "why don't you extend the top to make a dress". She's a no-nonsense person, so I got a lot of practice extending top patterns to make dresses.

The main thing I do is make sure I extend the top to be as wide as my hips are on the day I cut out the pattern. 
Then I make sure I have a centre back split or side splits so I can walk in it. Just being practical. There have been times when I forgot to do this.

As for the neckline, I did a reality check on the v-neckline by 
- measuring from the back of my neck to the point where I was happy for the neckline to end
- then measuring how far my collar points are
- on a post-it note, I drew these measures and checked the angles - too close/too far apart.
- I interfaced the dress neckline and drew an all-in-one facing and interfaced this.
- with a bit of drawing and lots of pinning, the neckline worked out.

The base of the V, is 5 stitches wide so I could turn the facing through and get a sharp 'V'.

That's it really. 
The key way to line up this print at the seams is to pin the line under the Stormtroopers. 

Future dress:
There's a dress style that Kate Winslet wears in the Divergent movies that I've decided to use this top pattern for. 
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I have the fabric from Pitt Trading in the sewing queue now so I'm ready to tackle it later this month.
This project has been a fun ride.

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