If you follow The Monthly Stitch, you’ll recognize this dress. I entered it into the Hack It category. Unfortunately, I was not selected as a finalist but alas, we cannot all be winners. Nevertheless, I’m quite pleased with this dress, which is a marriage between the bodice in Colette’s Peony dress and the skirt in Named’s Vanamo cocktail dress. Read on for construction details.
The fabric I used is a gorgeous stretch cotton that I bought at SR Harris in Minneapolis a couple of years ago. Fabric is everything and I think it works well with this dress. I was happy to be able to finally use it up.
This was my first time combining pattern pieces from two different garments and fortunately it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Combining pattern pieces opens up a whole lot of new creative possibilities. To ensure a good fit, I basted the entire dress together. I did not make a muslin beforehand since I’ve made both patterns before. Basting as I went along allowed me to make adjustments before I finished the garment. Once I was satisfied with fit, I unpicked all of my basting stitches and went back through with permanent stitches. It was a little bit tedious to do it that way but I ended up with a great fitting dress.
In other news, last week I visited our nation’s capitol for an awesome work conference. I met up with old friends and finally busted out my two piece ensemble for a night out on the town — a rooftop pool party to be exact.
I love how much the colors of the fabric really pop. The other beautiful lady in the photo is my college friend Krystal, who is now the director of a local start-up.
Also while in DC I visited a used book store and stumbled upon The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing, published in 1947. I snagged a copy of this charming book. Its preface tells us, “Every woman who sews has experienced the glow of pleasure, the pride of accomplishment with which she says, ‘I made it myself.'” Damn right.
Tomorrow I leave for Savannah Georgia. I’ve never been so I’m super pumped for a girls weekend. Let me know if you’re aware of any must-visit fabric stores in the area. All of this summer travelling has really pulled the reigns on my sewing plans, though. And I still have to finish my friend’s button up shirt. Waaaaaaaaah! Hope summer’s treatin’ you good!