Thursday, January 31, 2013
Well, the name of this dress pattern is making me hungry! I have ham and bean soup cooking on the stove, which is more appropriate for our -13 windchill (-25 C), but still not quite the same. I think my nose is red in the photo, since this area of the house is drafty, and I'm not appropriately dressed even for the indoor temperature.
It's become clear to me, upon looking at other versions of this dress, not to mention the pattern envelope, that I cut all the pieces wrong as the stripes are going a "different" direction. I did recut the waistband and binding pieces so the stretch would be correct, but left the main dress pieces. Not really being a perfectionist, I think it looks fine.
The Tiramisu Dress is, of course, from Cake Patterns. I was really intrigued to try out Steph's novel approach to pattern sizing. You select different sizes for the individual pattern pieces according to your bodice, bust (cup), waist, and hip sizes, and when you sew them together, they are supposed to match up.
Would it work? By golly it did. The pieces matched up and I didn't have to do any sort of grading. In fact, I didn't muslin or adjust anything (except the stripe arrangement of course).
I chose a thinnish jersey from Girl Charlee. The air here is sooooo dry right now that the fabric is clinging to itself and the pockets are a crumpled mess when my hands aren't in them. A sturdier jersey would no doubt mean nicer pockets, but I think this one'll improve in the summer humidity.
So, I'm not liking how the static-y pockets are sitting in this version, BUT some features I do like are:
1. the unique midriff band (as opposed to a waist band)
2. amazingly, there is no gaping from that wrap bodice
3. the high comfort factor which doesn't yield any frump
Also, the instruction sheet is just what I like:
1. it's all on one smallish page (not too big to sit on my table)
2. the order-of-construction steps are clear to see at a glance - If I wanted more details, I could look further, but what I really want is the basic steps to keep me on track.
My husband, who I can assure you does not read sewing blogs, thought it looked "vintage" and "straight from the 1940's".