The Cameo Lover Dress

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This dress is so much fun. I wanted it for myself, but since I don’t have many occasions to appear in a hipster music video, I made it up for Guinevere instead. I can’t take much credit for the design of this dress. It was inspired by a dress worn by singer Kimbra in her Cameo Lover music video.

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If only she had a tambourine

Guinevere’s version has a slightly longer and less-full skirt, but otherwise, I think I ended up with a pretty faithful reproduction of the original dress.

The fabric is a medium to heavy-weight cotton sateen with a bit of stretch. I know I bought it sometime this year, but I don’t remember from where I ordered it. The bodice is self-lined. Yes, that is multiple yards of yellow pom-pom trim offsetting all that pink. Why don’t I get to wear pom-pom trim? Oh, yeah, Pete is afraid I’ll end up like this.

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I put a lapped zipper in it since I didn’t have any invisible zippers in the right shade of pink. 

The pattern is Butterick 4718. I made up size 5, but gave it some length on the skirt to use for growing room. The last sleeveless dress I made for Guinevere with a Butterick pattern had some gaping at the underarms, so I raised them about 1/2″ on this dress and it seems to help with modesty and fit.

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The sleeve flounces are self-drafted. I measured the armscye from each end of where I wanted the flounce to hit and doubled that number for the length. I guessed at how wide would look good, then added seam/hem allowance to each side, After the rectangles were cut, I tapered to each end so they would be flounce-shaped.

 

Cameo Lover Dress 2

 

The big question with anything I make for Guinevere is whether she likes it or not. She does like this one. It suits her, and she gets a lot of compliments on it. The first time she got to wear it, she liked it so much she was jumping up and down with excitement.

 

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Jim is a Rat and Other Cautionary Tales

Hawaii Comic 6This really needs to be the last crazy novelty-print fabric dress I make for a while. This fabric is fun, but like my newsprint dress and my “prom dress“, there are some places I wouldn’t wear this one.

The fabric is the newer Home Sewing is Easy print, the Hawaii edition. The comic appears to center on two women who are trying to get the attention of an (undeserving) male via their sewing skills. Unlike the first Home Sewing is Easy fabric which focused mainly on sewing, there seem to be two overall messages to this fabric:

1) Jim is a rat
2) Feminism is dead

But just look at my cute full skirt.

Hawaii Comic 3It’s a really full skirt, 4 widths of fabric, to be precise (but this fabric was only 45″ wide, unlike my other recent full-skirted novelty). I did no shaping of the skirt pieces; they are just gathered rectangles to keep it easy and to avoid breaking up the print any more than necessary.

Hawaii Comic 4For the bodice, I used a vintage pattern, McCall’s 5255. It’s a half-size pattern with 41-inch bust. I hadn’t tried this particular pattern before, but like all the others I’ve tried in this vintage size, the fit is perfectly acceptable to me without major alterations. When I make another (and I will), I might take it in a bit at the armscye area; the pictures seem to show a little gaping that I didn’t notice in the mirror.

The bodice is faced instead of lined. I know facings really bother some people, but they don’t bother me at all; I grew up wearing a lot of homemade clothes with facings. Let me qualify this a bit, they don’t bother me so long as I have Pete or Guinevere around to tuck them in where I can’t reach them. This facing seemed particularly nifty since it is arm and neck edges all in one. It was like a lot of clipping of curves all at once, especially with the sweetheart neckline, but it was fun to put together and left me with very little hand sewing at the end. The zipper is in the side seam. Hooray, I can reach it to zip myself! The side seam zipper also meant I didn’t have to try to pattern-match across the back.

Hawaii comic 1This is my contribution to Heather’s Sundress Sewalong. There’s still time if you want to sew along too; it runs until the 18th of this month.

I did briefly consider climbing the tree here, but changed my mind when I realized that it would probably:

1) scuff my shoes
2) end with me falling on the ground

Some impulses are best thought about rather than acted upon.

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Sewing + Knitting: 2014 Outfit Along

OAL 3When Lauren and Andi announced the 2014 outfit along, I was so in. I loved the Myrna pattern, so I downloaded it that day. I got online promptly and ordered some yarn (there’s no yarn shops in my town). I was just sure that it was going to take me the entire time to make the sweater and only a few hours to make whatever dress I ended up deciding to make. Well, the sweater was done nearly a month ago, but I only finished the dress last week.

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There’s plenty I love about the sweater. The short sleeves and v-neckline are perfect for summer layering. The keyhole detail on the back was fun to knit. The peppy magenta yarn is the perfect shade of pink to match all kinds of things already in my wardrobe. If there’s one thing I don’t like about this sweater, it’s the yarn I used. I went with Cascade superwash, and while it’s soft and all, it seems to tend toward sagginess. Overall the effect it gives the sweater is that it is too big. It might actually be too big, but I can’t tell because of the saggy yarn. When I make another, I think I’ll either size down if I use superwash yarn, or more likely, I’ll use some other type of yarn where the fibers will grab onto each other for better support and less sag (and maybe still go down a size).

OAL 1

The last best thing about this particular sweater, is the buttons. I found them on Etsy, marked vintage. They probably are vintage, though they didn’t come on a card. There were, I think, 11 buttons in total, so I have some left for another sweater. I couldn’t have matched the color better if I’d been able to see them in person. Also, this picture is a much better representation of the color of my sweater than those ones above that were taken under way, way too much daylight.

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Overall, it was a quick, easy summer sweater. The pattern, of course, was well-written and easy to follow. It is an Andi Satterlund pattern, after all.

Moving on to the dress. The official OAL had an official sewing pattern for a sew-along, but also gave the option to choose any other dress to sew. I didn’t have the pattern that Lauren was using for the sew-along, so I opted to make up a dress I’ve been wanting to make up for myself since long before I made my previous version of it for someone else. (and just to clarify, so there aren’t any misunderstanding’s when I made the other version it was strictly a favor for a friend. She bought the fabric, I provided the labor, no money was exchanged. I’m not filling my own coffers off the hard work that indie [or any other designers] are putting into making up their patterns). Soapbox aside, I’ve been wanting to make myself a Cambie for quite some time, but kept getting distracted by other new, shiny patterns. Also, I figured I would need an FBA and hadn’t been in the mood to mess around with it. I gave it the FBA, but then the darts seemed too far apart. I overcompensated when I tried to fix it, so my darts in my finished dress are a little too close together, but they stayed pointed at an angle toward the apex (which means that yes, they are angled like they shouldn’t be with what is essentially a plaid made of florals). Since they seemed to be aimed in the right general direction, I quit messing with them. I moved on to careful print placement. Just look at those big red roses. The odds of them landing in exactly the wrong place were astronomical. Just another 2 or 3 inches lower….

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What is there to say about a Cambie dress that hasn’t already been said by the 100’s of people who have made one before me? I raised the front neckline a little, I made the skirt a couple of inches longer. It maybe would have looked more “well-designed” if I’d used a contrast fabric for the waistband instead of the rosebud portion of the main fabric. I don’t hate the flowers, but there might be more of a “homemade” vibe going on here than I had planned. There’s no print matching happening. I tried to keep the fabric pattern at least lined up enough that the pink flowers could wind their way around the dress without any major breaks in the pattern.

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I put the pockets in the skirt, just like the pattern has them. How do I not have any pocket pictures?

This lovely fabric has been sitting in my stash for something like a year waiting for me to get over how the giant geometric design was intimidating me. I still have quite a bit of fabric left. Would this print be overwhelmingly large on Guinevere? I’m thinking it could be a really cute circle skirt if I paired it with a crisp white blouse (and maybe a pink sweater) for her.

Stash-busting stats: 36/50. 76 1/2 yards.

A Tourist in Kalkatroona

 

 

This month’s Sewcialist challenge theme was “Oonapalooza”. Named after the one and only Oona of Oonaballoona, the theme was meant to inspire aspiring Kalkatroonans to go forth and sew up outfits inspired by Oona.  I loved the idea of Oona-inspired sewing, but for most of the month I was completely uninspired. It isn’t that I don’t love to read Oona’s blog, I really do. It was just that her style is so completely different from the things I usually make and wear. I didn’t want to make something just to join the challenge, rather I wanted to make something that would combine the best of my own style with a dash of Oona awesomeness. It needed splashy colors, a positive attitude, and fabric devoid of polyester-ness. I love her floaty maxi dresses, but I didn’t have anything in my fabric stash that struck me as particularly Oona-ish. Finally, it hit me. I needed to make a wiggle dress, and it needed to be out of a particular flowery fabric that has been marinating in my stash just waiting for the right project to come along.Wiggle Dress 4

 

No one does wiggle dresses quite like Oona, but as far as I’m concerned, I don’t think my version is too shabby. The fabric is something I never would have managed to find and buy, mainly because it’s orange. I like orange as a color and as a fruit (my house is even painted orange, and yes, we chose the color on purpose). However, the colors that tend to make me look best when I wear them veer toward the soft pinks and navy blues. Orange is usually one of those colors that doesn’t set me off well. When I have worn orange, I’ve spent my day telling people “no, I’m not sick” or “no, I slept just fine.” This particular fabric, though has the orange interspersed with enough green and white that I don’t think it ends up pulling all my color out of my face, and even if it does, what other color could they possibly have made poppies? Anyway, I acquired it in one of those FabricMart bundles, and I may have shrieked in glee when I pulled it out of the box. It’s a heavy sateen type fabric, probably mostly or all cotton from the way it presses and sews. The selvedge was printed with “Smithsonian Botanical Collection”. I suspect it might actually have been intended as upholstery fabric. Can you imagine this fabric as curtains? I used white batiste to line the entire dress. In retrospect, I probably should have used something slipperier for the skirt portion of the lining.

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The bodice is from the By Hand London Flora pattern. I didn’t make any changes to the bodice from my previous Flora. The skirt is the By Hand London Charlotte skirt. I’ve had the skirt pattern for a while, but hadn’t made it up yet. The initial results of this franken-patterning were very nearly tragic. (but since things turned out okay in the end, you can laugh at this next part.)

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Here you see the dress in motion. I love how this dress hugs my curves, but as you can see, there’s quite a bit of curve there. When I first attached the skirt, thankfully before I put the ruffle on the bottom, I tried it on. It was nearly 11 p.m. I was tired, but trying this dress on was making me feel much more glamorous than I’m usually inclined to feel at that time of the night. I had been wearing leggings with my dress that day and hadn’t taken them off to do the post-zipper-insertion try-on. I noticed some bunching and decided that I should probably take the leggings off to check the fit properly, since I’ll never be wearing leggings with this dress (though a pair of control-top pantyhose is probably in order). I tried to lift the skirt to doff my leggings, and realized that the Charlotte pattern, as drafted, is too pegged for the hem edge to fit over my hips. Now, if I had been making a skirt, I probably would have just told myself that when I wear it, it will have to come down from the waistline like trousers when using the facilities. I briefly thought about what that would be like in a dress and dismissed it as far too impractical. I don’t really want to have a dress that I would have to take off every time I went to the restroom. I don’t really want to find out if women in public restrooms would zip me back up if I asked them nicely. So much for feeling glamorous. I went to bed and thought about what to do to fix it. The skirt was quite long, even though I’d taken off an inch or so from the pattern as I cut it out. To fix my problem, I ended up cutting off 6 inches from the hem of the skirt, and that brought it up to a point in the skirt that was wide enough to fit over my hips. Then I attached the ruffle, and the finished length turned out to hit at a relatively flattering spot on my legs. Hooray! I could go back to feeling glamorous.

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I’m not entirely sure where I’m going to wear this dress. It’s got too much va-va-voom to wear to meet for worship. It’s too fancy for the usual running errands and such. It will make a good date night dress. I guess I need to ask Pete out to dinner without the kids.

Since this dress is Oona-inspired, I thought it would be fun to try to have at least one photo similar to a pose/shot that she tends to do. I have this idea that she’s really, really tall because she takes those photos looking down at the camera from a few stairs up that make her look really, really tall. I don’t have any outdoor stairs, though, and my indoor stairs are not at all photogenic, so I had to improvise.

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I’m pretty sure I don’t look as tall as Oona, but at least my experiment yielded me an interesting picture.

Stash-Busting Stats: 35/50 projects. 73 1/2 yards.

When I Come Around

I’m trying to use fabrics from my stash, but some weeks ago it occurred to me that my fabric stash had a shortage of summer-weight plaids. Of course, I could have just waited until autumn and pulled out my plaid suitings because plaid in autumn is as inevitable as floral prints in spring. I got impatient though and decided to take a look for some summer-worthy plaid. I found that fashionfabricsclub.com was selling off a 4 yard piece of this rayon faille for less than 20 dollars, so of course I had to get it.

Plaid 7In the world of tartans, there are those that inevitably invite a preppy vibe, those that don’t look like proper tartans, and then there are those that will be snatched up by chain-store designers in those seasons when “punk is in” and predictably paired with faux leather vests, a variety of denims, and the occasional oddly-placed safety pin. For the catalog spread, they might even throw in a Ramones t-shirt. God Save the Queen! No self-respecting punk-rocker is going to buy their look from the nearest Kohl’s curated collection of separates. I’m pretty sure that this particular tartan is of the wanna-be punk variety. So in keeping with the rebellious vibe it gives off, I did the most unexpected thing I could think of with it and made a very, very ladylike dress.

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The bodice is the By Hand London Anna Dress (yes, again, but the first one I’ve made with the v-neckline. It runs a bit low on me, so I’ve paired it with a black camisole here). The skirt is a very large gathered rectangle.

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How large a rectangle did I use for my skirt? I’m glad you asked. I don’t foray into math often (it doesn’t like me), but the 4 yard piece of fabric I’d acquired lent me an opportunity to try something out that’s been on my mind for a while. I’ve noticed with the gathered skirts I’ve made in the past few years that the gathers at the waistline don’t pull up as tightly as I remember them doing when I was younger/smaller. So I started looking on the backs of the pattern envelopes for waist measurements vs. finished bottom of skirt measurements. Sure enough, a pattern might be for a 27″ waist and have a 102″ hem measurement whereas the same pattern in a larger size might be for a 40″ waist, but have a 114″ hem measurement. That makes the ratio for the first one 1 : 3.7, but for the larger size 1 : 2.85. Of course this only applies to gathered/pleated skirts. Circle skirts, by their very nature get much longer along the hem-line as the waist size increases.

I’ve never taken any classes on grading patterns, so I can only theorize about why skirt proportions would be drafted/graded that way. 1) because fabric comes in standard widths so with very full skirts the entire pattern would at some point need to be re-drafted, perhaps with additional seams, so that the pattern pieces aren’t wider than the fabric. 2) plus-size women might complain about the massively different amounts of fabric yardage needed for their dresses compared to smaller sizes. 3) the idea that if a woman has a larger waist size, she must want as little bulk on her waist seam as possible, so less fabric is put there compared to smaller sizes.

Ever since noticing the waist : hemline ratio differences, I’ve wanted to play around with making a plus-size (my current size) dress with a super-full skirt. The plaid fabric was really wide, so I barely needed any yardage to get the bodice pieces cut out. I ended up with enough fabric to easily get 4 panels to use for my gathered rectangle skirt. That makes my proportion of bodice : skirt gathering more like a 1 : 6 ratio. I didn’t measure the end hemline width, but if the fabric was 60″ wide and I used standard seam allowances of 5/8″, it’s still close enough to 240″ around to call it that. 240″ didn’t necessarily sound excessive to me until my brother pointed out that it is equal to 20′. So, yeah, my dress is 20′ around the hemline. A crinoline barely puffs out the fullness because there’s just so much of it.

Plaid 1

I put side-seam pockets in it, and I have to search to find them. The twirl-factor is epic though.

Plaid 3

I’ve found Pettiskirtstyle.com to be a wonderful crinoline enabler supplier since I loath making them myself. Lots and lots of colors, sizes, and lengths. (I’m not getting anything in return for mentioning/linking to them, just really like what they have). That red crinoline I have on in these photos is my latest acquisition from them.

A word of warning if you’ve been inspired to try a super-full skirt experiment yourself. Choose your fabric very carefully. The rayon faille I used has the perfect body/drape combo to be full rather than limp, but without being too stiff or bulky to gather up into the waistline. If you do make or have already made a dress with an over-the-top, super-full skirt like this, please send me a link or picture. I’d really like to see. I have this idea that having extra hemline fullness more than compensates visually for the slight additional bulk at the waistline, but that might just be my brain trying to justify my love of twirly dresses.

Butterick 4967: A Four Generation Dress

Rainbow Dress 5

I have to start this post by giving credit to both my Mom (an example of her work here) and my Grandma (my Mom’s mom; the one who made this dress). Without these women in my life, this new dress would not be. Not just for the obvious reason (if your parents never had kids, it’s a sure bet that you won’t either), or even for the secondary reason (if my Grandma didn’t teach my Mom to sew, and if my Mom didn’t teach me, is it something I would have ended up learning to do?) No, this project actually involved them a bit more directly.

Both my Mom and my Grandma are very busy women. Even when they could be sitting around vegetating, you will often find that they are keeping their hands busy with some type of sewing or craft project. Thus, my Grandma has had a sewing machine with embroidery functions for quite a few years. Her machine was due for an upgrade, and she gave her old one to my Mom and encouraged her to play around with it. My Mom was looking for something that “needed” embroidery and I had just happened to have cut out this dress for Guinevere. Of course the plain black bodice with no darts or seams was the perfect canvas for some embroidery experimentation. I hadn’t yet started sewing on the dress, so I gave all the pieces to my Mom so she could match thread to the colors in the skirt and told her to pick something fun to put on the front of the dress. She found a really cute design that incorporated all of the skirt colors. I laughed a little when I realized she’d “put a bird on it.” Mom then gave me a blank look…apparently she’s never watched Portlandia.

Rainbow Dress 2

There seem to be ongoing on-line discussions about making clothes that one will actually wear vs. making something just because it seems like it will be fun to make. For me, personally, I think having Guinevere around gives me an advantage in the arena of making clothes that will actually be worn by someone. There are plenty of fun dress ideas that I might not end up wearing, but that work perfectly for her. This dress is one of those, and is pretty much the perfect not-too-casual-but-not-like-she’s-part-of-a-wedding-party kind of dress for a 6 year-old. Also, it’s fun to twirl in.

Rainbow Dress 3

The pattern is Butterick 4967, which has the option for the short, casual skirt or the long, dramatic one. From the pattern styling, it seems that the long, dramatic one was designed as more of the wedding-party type of dress; in this instance, fabric choice sets an entirely different mood. I used cotton broadcloth for the bodice and ruffles. The skirt has 2 layers under all those ruffles, a skirt-stay that the ruffles are sewn to and a lining; for this dress I used white batiste for those portions. That brings the total number of different fabrics in this dress to 9. I believe I had to change thread 11 times while making it up. I did a machine-stitched narrow hem on each ruffle. As far as the amount of work put in, this dress was pretty much the equivalent of making 6 circle-skirts.

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As much trouble as the thread changing and all was, having each skirt tier a different color may have made some things easier. The ruffles are a series of short circle skirts sewn to an a-line under-layer. Each ruffle is a slightly different size, so I had a cheat-sheet to make sure I cut out the right pieces and put them on in the right order. (ignore my sloppy casual handwriting–evidence that I really have been a nurse for 13 years).

Rainbow dress notes

I wanted this dress to be long-ish, but not to drag on the floor, so I used the floor-length version of the pattern, then shortened the a-line skirt-stay and lining. Because the circular ruffles are specifically sized for their placement lines on the skirt-stay, shortening the skirt involved making small tucks in the pattern tissue between each ruffle placement line, rather than just shortening the bottom and re-spacing the ruffles. This does make the ruffles a little more overlapped than they otherwise would have been. The under-skirt doesn’t stand a chance of showing. I made a size 5. She has some room to grow.

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For the belt, I added thread loops on either side of the waist, so it would stay where it belongs and used Velcro on the back of it rather than the hooks called for in the pattern. I could see using hooks for fancy bridal-party fabric since Velcro could snag, but with broadcloth, the risk for that is pretty minimal. It fits a bit low and loose around the underarm; I need to start altering that area for Guinevere when I make her sleeveless dresses.

Rainbow Dress 4

 

I had the idea for this dress last year, and had bought the fabric to make it up, but I had put off making it until she had a growth-spurt since she really had a lot of dresses a few months ago. That’s not so much the case now, so plan to see more Guinevere dresses in the near future.

Stash-busting stats: 34/50. 71 yards.

A Most Suit-able Flora Dress

When By Hand London started showing teaser pictures for the Flora dress, I was enthralled. When they released the pattern, I ordered it from my phone before I even got out of bed that day. Now I’ve finally made it up, just barely in time for The Monthly Stitch Indie Dress Week.

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One inspiration for this dress had nothing at all to do with fancy circle skirts, it had to do with taking grey suiting fabric and turning it into something special. Anne’s dress reminded me I had a similar stash fabric that I would like to use in my own way, but it’s taken me some time to figure out exactly what “my way” meant to me.

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The red and gold polyester satin brocade is also from my stash. It’s been in there for years, bought during a time when I either was coloring my hair (and therefore looked less washed out in red) or shortly after I stopped coloring it and my color choices hadn’t caught up. I haven’t colored my hair since Romeo was tiny, so yeah, long time stashed. I think my original plan was some kind of shiny party dress, but I just don’t have many occasions to attend where all-over shiny red and gold would be appropriate. I’m loving how the red subtly peeks out from the high-low skirt.

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This skirt is dramatic and swishy. It’s a circle skirt with pleats at the top, so it’s extra-full.

Flora 2 The fabrics I used are on the heavy side, so it takes some speed while twirling to get it to fly up. I’m hoping that means that ordinary winds won’t put me at risk for wardrobe malfunctions. My necklace was bought special for this dress (because special dresses deserve special jewelry). I couldn’t decide what I wanted, so I had Pete troll Etsy to find me something. He always finds me awesome stuff when he does that. This necklace came from PatinaBijoux and I love it.

Flora 1

Let’s talk dress details. After making several By Hand London dresses, I finally made a realization. I was cutting 14/18 at the shoulder/bust, then going out to 16/20 at the waist, but then taking in the seams at the waist. With my Newsprint dress I finally just cut a 14/18 for the entire bodice and it fits quite nicely, so that’s what I did with this one too. I wonder if I shouldn’t have given myself just a bit of an FBA, but overall, I’m happy with the fit. Any lumps and bumps you see are just my natural curves unrestrained by girdle or Spanx.

Flora 9I did change a few things about the pattern. The skirt is really short as-drafted, even on a petite girl like myself. I don’t do above-the-knee skirts, so I added length at the hemline to get it below my knee. Since this is a circle skirt, this also made the pattern piece wider. There’s a really good reason By Hand London drafted the skirt at the length they did. Any lengthening will make it too wide to fit on even 60″ wide fabric. If you want to lengthen this skirt you have a couple of cutting options. You could put a seam in the front of your skirt. This messes with the design lines, but may not be too noticeable, depending on your fabric. That’s what I ended up doing with my lining pieces. The other option is to cut the piece on the cross-grain which is what I did with my main fabric. The pinstripes run horizontal at the center front and to keep it symmetrical, at the center back too.

Inside OutYup, it’s fully-lined. I was worried about having the skirt be two such different fabrics. I really wanted the skirts to move as one. I decided that the best way to achieve this would be to make the dress in such a way that I could stitch the hemline of the skirts together, then sew them to the waist. Being circle skirts, they needed to hang before they could be “hemmed”, so construction was a little bit of a puzzle. I needed to be able to let the skirts stretch without stretching out the waistlines.

I ended up making up the bodice, then cutting two pieces of grosgrain ribbon that were the length of the seamline at the waist. I marked the ribbon with disappearing ink at all the matchpoints (seams and darts).

Making of Flora 1

Then I stitched a length of ribbon to the wrong side of the waistline of each skirt, matching the pleats and seams with the markings on the ribbon.

Making of Flora 2

The ribbon stabilized the skirts while they hung out on my dress form. After a few days, I cut the bottom edges even where they had stretched, and treated the hemline like a facing. I sewed the edges together, then understitched the lining. I left the ribbon on the waistline and sewed it to the bodice. everything matched at the waistline just like it was supposed to.

Changing up the way I did the lining did mean some additional handwork compared to the way the instructions were written. It also meant that I had to sew the back seam in the skirt before I put in my invisible zipper. That isn’t a catastrophe, but it is against every bit of instruction I’ve ever seen about invisible zippers. The handwork attached the lining to the waistline and along the zipper in the skirt.

Inside DetailI’m inordinately pleased with myself about this dress. It turned out lovely inside and out. It is completely different than anything I could probably buy in a store, but without looking weird and homemade.

Final picture: I like this one because I look like I’m up to something sneaky.

Flora 3

Stash-busting Stats: 33/50. 66 yards.