Project: The Wedding Guest dress
Pattern: New Look 6124
The last details you heard about the dress were that my fabric was ruined, right? Oh, I didn’t tell you that?
When I pulled my fabric out of the dryer, I found a couple of black spots. I thought it was only in one area, but as I was ironing I found small black spots on one side and large black repeating marks on the other.
(Why didn’t I see any of that when the lady was cutting it?)
I very worried that they wouldn’t take it back since I had washed it. I even tried to lay out the pattern and avoid the spots, but there was no way.
The rust fabric matched my shawl so well that I hoped there would be two good yards left on the bolt. Not so. The remainder of the bolt was ruined, too.
And I couldn’t find *anything* else locally that would work with the shawl my SIL gave me.
Sunday I decided to pull out stash fabrics until I found *something* that would work–even if I had to pick another pattern that wouldn’t require a wrap. Naturally I didn’t find fabric the right color, but I did find another shawl.
And 2 yards of red linen that matched well enough. Whew!
All week long I worked. I added lining, and changed the zip to invisible. And I worked. And I ripped. And I sewed. And I put all housework aside. And I sewed some more. I (finally) finished the dress late on Friday afternoon and gave it a pressing around 8 that evening.
When I tried it on with the newly-discovered shawl, I realized that it worked better with the original one!
I didn’t get any photos before the ensemb had ridden all day in the car and did the things wedding guests do…sorry. I doubt I’ll be giving it a good pressing before it’s called into action again, so I took some wrinkly shots.
The front of the bodice had the little v at the neckline, which I adored on the pattern. I wanted to get it just right so I photocopied the pattern piece and used it as a stitching guide when I sewed the lining to the dress.
That worked out perfectly, so I hope I’ll remember to do that in future.
The little peplum (peplums?) were a lot of fun, too.
And here are all three pieces. I quickly whipped up the little wristlet from scraps, blindly following the tutorial I found at Fairy Face Designs. It was just right to hold essentials and I loved being able to hold it with just a wrist.