I seriously dislike the amount of time I spend dealing with such things. In an effort to make the most of the remainder of my day, I decided to start on my first Pantone Contest piece.
The plan is to use the Pantone contest to make some summer clothes, so, I chose a beautiful greyed jade jacquard weave from my stash. I am using a tutorial from Sweet Verbena's website for a Boho Maxi Dress as the basis for my dress. There's nothing like a soft floaty dress for those hot summer days.
|The true color just does not come out in a photo with this fabric.|
For my Maxi, I intend to make a mock-wrap front and then gather the shoulders and tuck the back neckline. I have not yet decided whether to sew the front closed or the tack each corner with a button and let the sides hang free. Then I am debating upon an elastic waist or making some thread hangers and a self-fabric belt. Rather than go the full maxi length, I am going to trim mine back to ballet length.
Then the plan is to embellish the shoulders with self-fabric roses.
Here's a rose in progress ...
And a completed rose ...
I finished both edges on my serger, then turned the outer edge under and top-stitched on the sewing machine. I'm using my little snips to gather the fabric under the foot as I go. I know I could have gathered the strip first, but easing the gathers in by hand allows me to adjust the fullness a little more randomly. The one thing that makes this easier ... my knee lever. I keep looking for one on my serger!
This dress will be finished, I hope, tomorrow morning, although I'm not sure how, exactly, I am going to hem it by myself, although I do have some ideas. I'd also like to have Josie's pattern traced off before I have to run errands.