A Tale of Two Dresses (Part 2)

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Literally the day after I finished Simplicity 7514, I cut out McCall’s 7640. And sewed it up right away, for the most part, until I realised I had made fifteen buttonholes. And I couldn’t even find my container of dark-coloured buttons, not that I’m likely to have fifteen of any one kind kicking around. So it had to wait until I could get to Fabricland, and then THAT had to wait until I could stand the thought of sewing on fifteen buttons, so it took a bit longer to finish.

DSC08530And, well, it ain’t Simplicity 7514. I did more fit-fiddling on this damn thing than I have in quite a while. At least that’s easy with all the different seams on this pattern.

DSC08527I’m not sure how entirely I can blame the pattern, however. I cut a size 12 knowing it would probably be large, but that was the largest size in my pattern envelope and I was too lazy impatient to trace, but willing to cut if it didn’t obliterate other sizes. And then I assumed my fairly stable fabric didn’t need added stabilization along the top, despite all the blithe trying-on-and-wriggling-princess-seams-into-place I was doing. Although the bust size was about right right off the bat, and I got the waist length down with my usual petite alteration, I had to take in the front above the bust, and the sides right at the top, too—maybe not ENTIRELY because of handling without stabilization, but that definitely didn’t help. Plus some weird let-it-out-here-then-take-it-in-there fiddling.

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Hem & front

It was still a pretty darn fun fabric to work with, sturdy and forgiving of seam-ripping.

DSC08535AND the pattern was meant to be lined, so doesn’t have facings or any other nice way to finish the top, and again I was too lazy impatient to draft a proper facing so I tried to wing it and that created a few more minor issues.

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Because I had lots of fabric to play with I even added 8 cm to the length, making it pleasantly floor-swishy, although that doesn’t show so much in these pictures as I am wearing some pretty epic blog shoes. Which my long grass almost completely hides, but oh well.

In the end, this is a fairly heavy linen and still a bit stiff (I imagine enough washing and wear will help with that, eventually…) so it just doesn’t drape and caress the body like the wool did. Not to mention the wrinkling. You have to just embrace the wrinkling, people.DSC08534

It’s still pretty fun, though, and will undoubtedly be the coolest a long black dress could possibly me. My eighteen-year-old goth self is drooling jealously.

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13 responses to “A Tale of Two Dresses (Part 2)

  1. I love this! Love all the buttons and the swish factor.

  2. The thought of all those buttonholes makes me tremble in fear! But it’s a pretty sweet dress in the end, so that’s what’s important, right?

    • You know, they were really easy-peasy on my vintage buttonholer. It’s not perfect, but man the anxiety level just goes way down! Sewing all the buttons on, now that was brutal. 😉

  3. Lynsey

    Fab dress, I like the contrast buttons and it’s lovely and long. I think seeing 15 button and holes on a pattern may have put me off but it totally looks worth it.

    • Oh, I’m sure the pattern has only a normal six or seven… But I wanted them closely spaced for low gaping and because I like the look and, well… There you go. 😂

  4. I think you look smashing, honestly.
    I hang my linens to dry, and then dump them in the dryer to soften. Same with the rayons. It works well enough for decent, hard working people.

    Fifteen buttons? No, thank you. That would be fifteen buttonholes that were relatively similar, and the B-word (B-ernina) is not up to the task these days.

    • As I said above—vintage buttonholer. The one for my Singer Rocketeer seems to work particularly well. And this kind of edge is about as easy for buttonholes as it gets—just folded under with some interfacing, no seams to make things irregular. 🙂

  5. Beth (SunnyGal Studio)

    both your black dresses are fantastic – love the swishy skirts.

  6. Pingback: Sundresses | Tanit-Isis Sews

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