When there’s a pattern that works for you, you just have to make it again and again, am I right? Sometimes there’s a little guilt there because it becomes so easy that you feel like you’re cheating. But you keep going back to it because it fits, it flatters… it’s your best friend – sew to speak.
We all have these little secrets and I so appreciate it when someone (like our darling Dolly Clackett, thank you so much!) shares the love with a tip for a good make. And since I’ve discovered a new one, I will share the wealth too! I didn’t get this done in time for the ‘sew double’ challenge on the Monthly Stitch, but hopefully some of my fellow TMS-ers will see it!
You may remember my Gallery Hop dress. I made it for a party and though the pattern looked kind of complicated, with weird shaped pieces, it went together easily. I like the design because while it’s flared it isn’t gathered, getting its volume from big pleats instead. I do love gathered skirts but sometimes I want a smoother look to showcase the fabric. So when I found another fabric so pretty I didn’t want to scrunch it up, I reached for this pattern again.
This dress looks and feels entirely different from the Gallery Hop dress, since it’s a shirt weight cotton rather than a heavy linen blend and a much darker color palette.
Also different is that this time I made the full lining like the pattern suggests, rather than just facings, because in the lighter fabric I wanted the body. And wow – the lining does add body!
The lining is tiered and gathered like a 1970’s peasant dress. The only change I would make is to use a China silk instead of rayon for the lining. I chose the rayon over cotton lawn because I was afraid the two cottons wouldn’t work well together. You don’t want your lining fighting with your dress – things can get out of control! The rayon feels good against my skin and all, but as the weather gets hotter I’m thinking I may need to put this number away until fall. I think the silk would breathe better. I’m in love with China silk for linings now, especially since my lovely Textile Fabric store is having its semi-annual 50% off sale!
Another little detail. The best color match zipper I found for this dress had an ugly pull. No worries. A trip to a thrift store later, I had a 50 cent bit of vintage bling. I glued it on with my trusty ES6000, and now this dress has the prettiest zipper in my closet! Something else to keep an eye out for… the odd bit of jewelry for zippers!
Ironically, I wore this and NOT the Gallery Hop dress when I went out with some girlfriends for a day of – you guessed it – gallery hopping!