Dress #2 and #3
I'm talking about these two because they are two of my favorites and it's a dreary sad day here in Texas and all of my children are a little under the weather. So: happy finished objects!
Continuing with the Made-by-Rae inspiration: I downloaded her Geranium Dress pattern after seeing how many pretty variations there are in the Flickr pool. This was my first downloaded pattern and I like it! 1) You don't have to print all the pages, the idea of which deterred me for a while. 2) If you lose a piece or need a different size, the pieces can be reprinted - win! I printed out 7 pages (none of which took a lot of ink), I think, and was set to go.
For the first version I used shot cotton from Hawthorne Fabrics (Aegean). I love it. It's lighter than quilting cotton with a more open weave. It has a lovely drape and softness. I'm on the fence about lining. I only lined the bodice in this one but... I don't know. I could go either way. The current dress is fine but I do like a nice lining. I will definitely use this fabric again. I think the colors are hard to capture so embrace the thrill of the surprise when ordering!
Anyway. I did notch the neckline and used the pocket option. I added short sleeves from a random Simplicity pattern and really like the look of them. I finished the hem and the top of the pockets with some trim I got from superbuzzy (I think!) ages ago.
The second Geranium Dress I whipped up in an afternoon, hem, buttons and all - don't know how but it shows it can be done! I found a lovely sheer cotton fabric with little dots. It's my most favorite apparel fabric I've ever used. It was then necessary to line the entire dress but that was not a big issue. I used the flutter sleeve option for this version - I ran the sleeves through my serger to give them nice, polished rolled edge. I'm very proud of the finishing details on this dress. Inside and out, it is almost perfect (meaning I would actually show it to Cheryl without humiliating myself). I did unknowingly catch a flutter in the lining and it's driving me nuts but I cannot do a thing about it. I would have to rip the entire dress apart and you can only just barely see it.
So, great pattern with lots of options + two great fabrics = my happiest finished garments in a long time! Both these were sewn in size 12-18 months and are a great fit on my (rather chunky) 10 month old.
It's been a crummy week on a personal and national level and I'm feeling a bit melancholy. I saw an Onion article saying the same thing, but it just seems like the flag is always half mast, doesn't it?