I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Except for a little craziness on Saturday night and the unexpected snow, mine went pretty well. Now, I know I was suppose to be working on my suede skirt knock-off from Newport News, but I couldn't get Burda 1-2010-128 out of my head. It also didn't help that my fabric from fabric.com arrived. Can I tell you that the fabric from the Vera Wang collection is like butter. All the pieces I received are beautiful and from this first piece so far, it's really nice to work with(aside from the wrinkles of course). The satin twill fabric is of medium weight and that was a little concern of mine since the pattern called for a light weight fabric. After talking to Sheila, Karen (thanks ladies!!!) and my mom, I went ahead and made the dress as the weight of the fabric would be perfect for this time of the year.
I traced the pieces out during my lunch hour on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday night, I headed over to JoAnns to pick up a zipper. Let me tell you, I had the hardest time finding a Chartreuse colored invisible zipper. In the end I went with a Spinach color, and I like it. The contrast in color looks intentional on my part, and works nicely with the fabric.
I started cutting out the dress on Saturday afternoon. Nothing like waiting to the last minute. I am so glad I made a muslin first, as for me, I think the tunic/dress runs a little snug in the hip area. I added about a half inch to that part of the dress, and it was fine after that.
The dress by far is pretty easy in construction. I started reading the directions but stopped about half way through. I think it was my short attention span. Here is a front view of the completed dress. Here's the back.
A close-up of the front. A little of the inside construction.I was going to actually do buttonholes but opted to just sew the buttons on as I could slide into the dress pretty easily.
This final picture is with my friend Chrissy. She's a local designer in the Philadelphia area. She had her fashion show at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Saturday night. I slide all over the highway getting there, but thank GOD, no one hit me. And no, I wasn't speeding. There was black ice all over the road. Cars were hanging out in ditches all over the place. I was one of the lucky ones.