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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Blue Shirtwaist Dress: Part 3

So I know I haven't posted in like a week. Sorry about that. Here, finally, is the last part of the shirtwaist dress.

Where last we left off I was trying to figure out what color to make the collar and cuffs. So I started off by painting the colors on digitally, just so get an idea of what they looked like.

I decided pretty quickly that I didn't like the white - it feels like I should work at a greasy diner. I liked the green so I went digging around in my stash. Unfortunately the stash is where I should have started because I certainly didn't have anything close to the right color and weight in the bin.

Then I decided to try something crazy. I grabbed the scraps of purple from the shirt I made for my husband.  The idea had been for him to have a new shirt to wear for our anniversary, so it seemed perfect for me to have a little bit of it on the dress I was making for the same occasion.

So I tried it out:

...and I liked it! So I forged ahead with the finishing...

There was a small casualty along the way that was a good reminder to keep a closer eye on where and how many pins I am using.  I rarely break a needle this way anymore, so I was a little annoyed at myself.

At the last minute I added a pocket. It hides really well in the pleats of the skirt so here's a close-up.  I'm really enjoying making single-welt pockets.

And before I show you the finished dress, here is what my husband made for me for my anniversary gift. Second anniversary is traditionally cotton and I had been hinting that we could use some new pillowcases. For someone who hasn't sewn in many years (except to darn socks and replace buttons) he did a pretty decent job.

My gift to him were a couple of plain cotton tshirts that I dressed up with a little bit of paint. Most of the time went into painstakingly cutting out the freezer paper stencils, but I think they turned out pretty great.

And finally, here is the dress, finished.

It's a lot poofier with a petticoat underneath (I just used my 5th Doctor skirt as a petticoat), but it has a nice shape even without the poof.

So that's that! Hope you've enjoyed seeing it. I've got several things lined up to show you if I can only eke out some time to write up the posts. I'm still kind of behind on my holiday sewing and Hanukkah starts tonight, so we'll see...

Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary, and I love your dress, I would never have thought to use purple with blue/green but it looks very cool.


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