Sunday, 19 February 2017

Black glitter jersey, and a quick wrap dress


This is the first of my catch up posts. I have a few projects to photograph and write about but the  most recent was a quick dress made for an event I went to on impulse. I'd read about Frocktails in Melbourne and Brisbane on various blogs and felt like I was missing out. Then I heard about the Frocktails event in Sydney and decided to go. It was held on Friday night. What a crowd of amazingly well dressed women, all in their own-sewn frocks! There were fabulous dresses, much mingling and meeting of friends old and new. I was surprised at the number of people. The space was filled to overflowing. The event was arranged in adjunct to the Sydney Spoolettes group. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.
My frock as mentioned had to be fast as I did not have time for complex construction and I wanted to keep my silks for when I had time to do them justice. I am a slow contemplative sewer so I decided not to risk anything from my special hoard. I need something with a lower risk factor! What to make? To my mind 'cocktails' mean black, fast means a wrap knit dress and some part of me wanted glitter. I found sparkly black lurex at Lincraft and realised later I should have headed straight to Cabramatta! I also had my heart set on Butterick 6054 wrap dress then found it's not even released in Australia yet (grrrr!) so I knocked off a RTW wrap dress from my wardrobe.
Thanks to Gail of My Fabrication for taking the photo!



The top half was New Look 6097 modified to make the pleats angle towards the skirt. I cut down the armholes cut in a bit. The skirt is from OOP Vogue 2382, view C with downward pleats from the waist. It was modified to add a bit more side skirt. Then there was lots of serging, self facings, self ties and waist elastic. I was just happy that it turned out!


NL 6097 was modified for the top half


OOP Vogue 2382 skirt C for the bottom half

The black sparkle jersey is the second fabric item bought in my self imposed 2017 stash-busting year and in the interests of honesty I'll admit that I recently succumbed to this foxy cream cotton/lycra. I only went in for cream thread, honest! It'll probably become a 3/4 sleeve T shirt for autumn. I've used up three out of my four 'allowed' fabric purchases for the year.


  
Progressive Stash Tally:  Fabric 9 out, 3 in. Stash patterns used.
Happy sewing,
Val.



11 comments:

  1. And you look so pretty and happy in your new frock! what a fun thing to do. OK, my prediction: you won't make it to 2018 with only one more fabric purchase...

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    1. Thanks Coco. Re the fabric I am going to try but even if I go over, it makes me pause and think about whether I can shop the stash.

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  2. Oh you look fabulous Val in your sparkling and elegant dress. What a clever adaption of the patterns as well. Perhaps I should find out about Frocktails in Brisbane?

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    1. If you do be prepared to swap Instagram account info!

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  3. So sorry I didn't get to chat on Saturday night - I did notice your elegant dress though! LynneSews

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  4. Fabulous dress!

    And all the best with the fabric fast. I'm only buying fabric that I really need. I don't have enough work trousers so will buy stretch wovens in navy or black. The rest is OK though.

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    1. Yes, it's good to whittle down the stash occasionally!

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  5. Perfect dress for the event and I'm so sorry I missed it but was busy sewing my Little French Jacket.

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