I’ve been hitting the machine again. I can’t keep away from the Bernina. I’m hooked. I think when it’s so warm, knitting doesn’t appeal. Consequently I’ve been sewing up a storm. It could also be that a certain fluffy rabbit has been urging me along the stitching path with her.
Today I present my latest creation. I started this last weekend, but ran out of time to hem it. It sat unhemmed until tonight when I powered through the last 10 minutes of sewing and finished ‘er up. Let’s begin with the paisley fabric, shall we? I hope you can see how pink and greeny it is. That is pretty much my favorite color combination of all time. As my sister would say, "it’s very Sil". You getcha. This is cotton fabric from Joann. It feels like that premium quilters cotton that they carry. I quite like the prints on these cottons. Several of them are very graphically sophisticated and I can’t wait to buy a bunch. If you’re just starting to sew, cotton is a really easy fabric to work with.
This pattern is McCall’s 4829, view D. It’s a super easy lined bodice sundress with a back zipper. I added pink rickrack as picot edging at the top of the bodice and at the hem. It looks like picot edging to me. The only problem I had with the pattern was that the yardage requirements on the pattern envelope don’t actually give you enough fabric to make the dress as layed out in the instructions. My fabric was 45" wide and the skirt pieces were too big to lay on on the straight grain. I solved this problem by turning the skirt pieces and cutting them on the cross grain. The skirt will be a little poofier because the cross grain doesn’t have any give, but that coupled with the slight stiffness of the bottom rickrack make the skirt fun and puffy. I actually like it better. A happy accident.
Other than that, the pattern is quite easy. Of course I say that, and don’t follow the sewing directions from the pattern. I like to use sewing techniques from this book, plus my moderate sewing experience. Also, just looking at how store bought clothes are sewn is a great way to get ideas of how to get better results.
So bring on the summer heat, I’ve got my paisley park dress. Too hot for the raspberry beret though.