Monday, May 6, 2013

|| Modus Operandi || Bombshell Dress Revisited

 modus operandi 
|ˈmōdəs ˌäpəˈrandē; -ˌdī|noun ( pl. modi operandi |ˈmōdē; ˈmōdī|) [usu. in sing. ]
•a particular way or method of doing something, esp. one that is characteristic or well-established 
• the way something operates or works.

It's been almost one year since I first tried to tackle this dress.  My first attempt was very rushed as I only gave myself (from pattern cutting to finished dress) one week.  The results were definitely wearable, but not as quite as tailored as it should have been.  This muslin, of the same bodice bombshell pattern, is a work of love (spanning about three weeks of work and seven complete revisions).  

My goal is to continue revisiting this pattern as my skills continue to increase.  The bottom part of the dress is my first attempt at creating a muslin pattern.  I couldn't help myself!  I have a vision of this dress in my head and I figure that now is a great time to experiment with new techniques. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

|| The Life Aquatic || v.2 Jersey Dress

After the deluge of water that dropped from the sky, it looks like spring buds and summer winds are here to stay.  This dress (that can double as a skirt in a pinch) is just in time.  I wish I knew more about fabric because the jersey that I am addicted to--soft, buttery, and available in a decent range of colors--amazes me every time I work with it.

Granted, the price point puts it in the range of "coupon only" purchase, but I am addicted.  It also washes well, which is one of those nice, practical matters I often overlook.  My hope is to catch a seasonal sale at one of my local thrift shop haunts so that I can stalk the men's section and do my weird, "rub the fabric against my arm" test, to find a cheaper, albeit, second-class replacement.  But really, in the back of mind, I am thinking about just hoarding coupons, auctioning off my living room, kitchen, and bedroom and camping at an RV park in a tent for the rest of my life to keep working with my beloved fabric.  You know, just the usual.

So saying that I fell hard for knits, is not an overstatement.  The stretch helps to provide amazing fit without too much fidgeting over body skimming seams and darts.  I used 1 yard of fabric, doubled over to help avoid any "tricky" transparency of fabric.

I decided not to do any finishes for the hem because I loved the rolled look.  If I could do it again, and I am sure that I will, I plan on cleaning up my side seams a bit.  My new friend, serger, took a bite out of one side unexpectedly.  And by that I mean, I might have needed to adjust the knobs as I was feeding it a lot of fabric at once.  I love learning experiences like that.  The ones that don't ruin an outfit, but just make it endearingly funky on one side.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013