The end of May found me madly patternmaking, as I finished the Summer Vibe collection and work for clients. And in the midst of that, knowing I was going to be headed out to Los Angeles for Fabric Weekend, I also decided to sew a dress for myself. The day before I got on the plane. Because that’s how it always goes, right? You need something for Girl’s Night Out, you make it right before you wear it. Duh.
I started with the Scout Woven Tee by Grainline Studio. Because when you’re sewing at the last minute, time for drafting from scratch is short. Unlike the last time I made this pattern, this time I cut the fabric on the grain instead of on the bias. I added length and curved the hem, and did away with the sleeves. Because this pattern has a little bit of a dropped shoulder, the sleeveless version with bias tape finish made nice cap sleeves. Also, look at that pretty neckline. Oooooh, ahhh.
I finished the hem with bias tape also, just because I’m on a huge bias tape kick it seems.
The fabric is Robert Kaufman’s Radiance (which I know Michael Levine’s carries because I bought more while I was there – they also have it online) which is a silk/cotton blend that I love and I’ve talked about before. And more of it will be seen in tomorrow’s project. Hint, hint.
To do this I tried on the dress inside out, and pinned elastic around my waist.
I adjusted the dress until it was sitting the way I wanted, then marked the elastic level with fabric chalk at the center front, back and sides. Tricky thing here – the elastic doesn’t go in a straight line all the way around when you do this, because your body isn’t flat. It actually dips about 1/2″ in the front, but that makes it look level all the way around when worn.
Then I sewed single fold bias tape inside the dress at my waist marking, leaving an opening to thread elastic through. Threaded elastic and done! An easy to wear dress, and I love that the silk/cotton is a snap to dress up or down. Comfy and stylish – my kind of dress.
*Special thanks to Christina of 2 Little Hooligans for taking on location pictures. I particularly like the first one, where we stood on opposite sides of a water feature outside the hotel that was catching the late afternoon sun so beautifully.