Hi everyone in the blogosphere! I'm still knitting, but my current project is taking forever because it's a longish cardigan with long sleeves in a DK weight. Hopefully, I'll post about it soon. Also, I've been busying with my Tiny Right Brain Designs jewelry business. In the meantime, spring has sprung so I thought I would post about a new dress I sewed. Actually, this was finished last fall but never worn because it got cold and I think it works for spring and summer just as well. The pattern is Vogue V9344 and the fabric is a stretch sateen from Mood Fabrics.
I cut the fabric with the puffy sleeves but they just didn't work out. For some reason, set-in sleeves with dresses in woven fabrics rarely fit right for me. I'll have to really sort out why some day. In the meantime, I just eliminated the sleeves and I like sleeveless dresses anyway. I widened the neckline a little bit and I added two small vertical darts below the bust line. Otherwise, I think it looks too much like a tent dress. I think I also lengthened the bodice by 1/2 inch. The fabric is a good medium weight but I lined the skirt section because it just looks and moves better with a more substantial bottom piece.
Finally, without the sleeve detail, the dress just seemed too simple. By some miracle, I have this linen cotton yarn in my stash that is in the exact color scheme as the fabric, so I thought I would knit a trim for the collar. It looks a tiny bit on the crafty side, but I think it's crafty in a good way, so I'm happy with the extra detail.