I've got one month from today before N's next pop up restaurant and I WILL have a new dress to wear for the occasion come hell or high water.
I just have to decide what the new dress will be. I've narrowed down my choices and I have fabric at the ready. I've also made sure I have appropriate cardigans already in my wardrobe as well as shoes. (well, one choice of shoes is actually not in my wardrobe yet. I just ordered them, but once they ship, Lotta From Stockholm has super fast shipping so I'm not really worried.) I'm good to go.
So here's my pattern and fabric choices for Operation New Dress (revisited).
The first up is Tiramisu from Cake Patterns. I've had this pattern for a few years now and am likely to be the last person in the sewing world to jump on the Tiramisu train. I bought it, I printed out the PDF, and put it in an envelope down in the sewing room and there it's sat. One of these days, even if it doesn't make the cut for "Operation New Dress" this month, I'll assemble that baby and get to work on it. The fabric is a nice cotton knit that I found in a bin at Fabricland in the city last fall. It was a great price and those daisies with their navy blue heart shaped centres make me smile. I figure this one will pair great with either my white Miette cardi or even possibly my red Sunshower cardi.
Another choice on the list is another Emery dress version. Still no gathers. No way. Not happening. I am planning pleats again, but this time using box pleats across the entire skirt instead of just the few small pleats I did on my last version (operation new dress, the original version). I really love the gathered yoke mod I did last time, but am thinking going more with a traditional boat neck might be fun with this fabric. I'll likely decide using the very scientific method of "Eeeny Meeny Miney Moe". Speaking of this fabric, I absolutely ADORE it! It was an Ebay purchase from Thailand that I was a bit unsure of how it would go, but turned out great! When it arrived, within record time (I think about two weeks? Maybe slightly more!) I was quite surprised. Not only with the speed in which it arrived, but also the quality. I was really happy with how it seemed right out of it's packaging, but thought things might go south when I pre-washed it. Instead it turned out even lovelier than it's original state. It's soft and got just the right amount of drape to it. I can't wait to sew it up! Again the Miette or Sunshower cardis will fit the bill!
My third choice, (by the way these aren't in any particular order at all), is from Sew Over It. The Doris Dress has been offered as a class in the past from Sew Over It but just recently they released it as a stand alone pattern and I have to admit I'm pretty excited about it! I've got it all printed out and assembled and just waiting to be muslined so I can check for any fit issues I might have. The fabric is a fun rayon print that I got at Fabricland in the city a week or two ago. It's so different from my usual type of print I gravitate towards that I was a bit unsure of it at first, but I'm going to be brave, branch out and give it a whirl. This dress, once made, will be paired with the new low braid Lottas and my Vianne cardi.
So there you go! One month to make one dress to wear to N's Southern BBQ pop up restaurant.
Before I head off for the day - the sun is shining, the thermometer is climbing and there is no way I'm staying indoors today - I want to just finish off with my pledge for Me Made May since tomorrow is May 1st! Here's what I pledged on So Zoe's sign up post.
I, Sarah Jane of Prairie Girl Knits, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item each day for the duration of May 2016' (not including my bras and handbags as that would be cheating since I only ever use handmade for them. LOL) I also endeavour to discover what "holes" are in in my wardrobe so that I can begin to fill them up.
I'll be back over the next few weeks with some updates as to how my challenge is going as well as hopefully some finished projects to tell you about!