It’s been a while since I’ve sewed with any frequency, and I miss it a lot. I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of it, but it takes time, and since my body shape is considerably different than it was when I was sewing regularly, I’m hesitant to blithely cut patterns and fabric without knowing how they’ll fit. But Gertie is having a sew along for Colette Patterns’ Crepe dress, and since it was on my list of things to make anyway, this seems like the perfect thing to help get me back on to the horse. Since this isn’t a sewing blog primarily, I won’t regale you with all the picky details about what I’ve done (unless you want to hear about it!), but I’ll post about the basic steps. Here’s the dress:
So pretty! I’m doing version two, with contrast waist ties and the sweetheart neckline. I went fabric shopping for the first time in a while, and spent entirely too much money on some gorgeous green brushed cotton that I couldn’t stop petting in the store. It had my name written all over it!
The light green is for the body of the dress, and the dark green is the contrast. The pattern calls for a light to medium weight fabric, and this is definitely a medium weight — it’s got great body and drape, and I’m hoping it’ll be somewhat of an all-season dress. This week’s steps are making a bodice muslin and fixing any fitting problems, which are steps I often brush aside or ignore entirely. Not this time! I’ll be back towards the end of the week with the results. Gertie’s walking through the construction step by step, and if you want to see what everyone else is doing, there’s a Flickr pool where everyone can post their progress.