By the end of last year I was feeling rather burnt out, so I decided to take a break from the Minerva Blogger Network and other sewing commitments. Luckily, Vicki agreed to irregular contributions from me and it feels good to be back!
I felt like coming back with a bang, so that explains this crazy little number. This dress was inspired by two sources: wanting to use more of the black quilted jersey I made my Bad Girl Violet out of, and a scuba skater dress I bought online. Sadly, as is often the case, the RTW dress didn't fit very well so I decided to draft my own version.
I say 'draft' in the loosest sense here, because I essentially traced around the RTW dress, added seam allowances, compared my pattern pieces to ones I know fit me well and then made any necessary adjustments. What drew me to the RTW dress was the crazy scuba print (which Minerva has a good selection of) and the panel detailing. Interestingly, the RTW dress was single-print, but I wanted a try out the bodycon look in an A-line shape that suits me better.
Sewing with scuba jersey was everything I hoped for and more. I used a ballpoint needle and increased my stitch-length slightly, but its stability meant no fiddling with tension and no battling with slipperiness. I'm particularly happy with how the panelling turned out, especially the square corners on the bodice. They were surprisingly easy to sew, because both jerseys I used are nice and flexible, at the same time as being stable.
With hindsight I probably would add the panelling detail to the back bodice too, as the dress currently looks a little unbalanced, but I'm going to claim it's a deliberate design statement!
This is hands down the most RTW-looking piece of clothing I've ever made, and I don't know how I feel about that. On the one hand, the fact that it looks like something I could buy from the highstreet makes me think that I should have just bought it from the highstreet! Why bother making something if it's not going to be a bit different and unique? As demonstrated by the inspiration RTW dress though, buying from the highstreet doesn't guarantee a good fit, which is something I feel I've definitely achieved with this dress. On the other hand, it's pretty cool that we have such a wealth of fabric choices at our finger tips, giving us the opportunity to re-create any look our hearts desire!
How do you feel about RTW-looking handmade clothing?