For Pattern Geeks and Rogue Quilters: Megan’s Mod Dress

Yesterday, I took some time off from working on electronic patterns (serious computer fatigue!) to make a pattern for Megan’s dress.  Not surprisingly, I couldn’t locate either my already-adjusted fitted bodice with midriff or my dress block.  That would have been too easy.  I did find a sleeveless bodice that fit well, so from there I chopped up the pattern for a bodice/midriff combination.

Once I had a final pattern that fit, I marked the contrast bands.  The front midriff section had the most bands, so I started there by dividing the CF of the front midriff into five even sections.  From there I used the photo as a guide to drawing the seam lines, and I labeled each section with the color it should be and a number to make sure I didn’t get lost.

I laid little bits of polytrace over the top and traced the shape of each individual piece, then added 1/4″ seam allowances to the insets.   I decided to approach them as a quilter, not a dressmaker.

I don’t understand why it looks puckered in the photo and flat on my work table.  The raspberry is a little heavier and much darker than the other fabrics so I interfaced the white and pink with a lightweight woven fusible.

The back is my favorite.  You can’t see the back of her dress on the show, so I opted for a v-back and changed the color placement slightly.  On Megan’s dress, the raspberry color is closest to the neck.  This makes sense.  Necks make white necklines look filthy.  However- I want my V to touch the raspberry in the back midriff section so I switched the colors.  I’m tempted to bind or pipe the neckline, but that would take it further from Megan and that’s not what I’m doing with this dress.

Again, it looks puckered here but not on my table.  I haven’t pressed the pink-raspberry seam open yet, I just pressed the seam flat.  That should make the difference.   It was very pleasing to put the insets together.  Once I started, I didn’t want to stop- I wanted to keep sewing and sewing so I could watch this dress finally come together!

Now I just need to assemble the dress and lining, nothing terribly difficult.  The tricky hard parts are over.  Will it look like Megan’s dress?  Will it be wearable in public?  Will I like it?

It might be too early to tell.


41 comments

    • Soon! Mad Men Challenge is this week on Sew Weekly, and there’s also Julia Bobbin’s thing… I *hope* to be finished by the end of the day…

  1. Oh, nifty! I especially like the midriff band. Hmm. I am getting the itch to make a dress so bad, but it keeps getting bumped down the queue. Partly because I can’t make up my mind…

    • I can’t even tell you how good it feels to be working on a ridiculously over-engineered dress again. I keep bumping cool dresses out of the queue in favor of simpler projects and pdf stuff, but I think I need to make them a little more important in my sewing…

  2. They’re applique scissors, and they have a very sharp and stout tip for small trimming. The rounded bit is to trim around flat edges. I’ll show you when we get into lace insertion.

  3. This is looking fascinating – great to see your work in progress. I think cameras have special wrinkle highlighting ‘features’ especially for sewing people. The colour combination is looking beautiful.

  4. Oh you are so clever and BRAVE! Sewing something this tricky would have driven me to an enormous cup of tea and act like an ostrich by sticking my head in the sand! I am so looking forward to seeing the final version!

  5. i love the work-in-progress photos, they are incredibly helpful! can you speak in more detail about “approaching it as a quilter, not a dressmaker?” i can see straightaway that is the proper approach, and i understand it on a basic level, but would love to hear more of your thoughts on how those approaches differed and what it meant to your construction. was it simply a matter of adjusting for the classic quilter 1/4 inch seam allowances?

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  7. woohoo, lookin good–the colors look spot on. Hope it fits! Oh wait, I see you might have just posted about it today. Off to look…

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