I’m in the middle of several projects at the moment- I tend to butterfly around, but usually finish what I start so it’s all the same. Is my butterfly approach confusing to read? Should I strive to be more linear?
At any rate, I’m pretty obsessed by Megan’s LBD at the moment. This is my favorite part of planning a dress- choosing the fabric, brainstorming design details and letting them duke it out in my head before I fall asleep at night.
First- the fabric. I went to three fabric stores today to see what I could find. Gardam’s downtown and Lincraft were radiantly uninspiring. The Fabric Store was much better. They didn’t quite have what I wanted either, but online fabric stores charge more for shipping than the fabric- which breaks my scroogy heart and I only order online as a last resort. I took my time pinching and pulling and draping every roll of black fabric in the shop before settling on this very sturdy cotton sateen. It’s a heavy-ish bottom weight, so I should be able to wear it for quite some time (not to mention it will skim my mum-tum very nicely.)
I know. Yawn…boring. No yak fur and angel eyelashes today. At any rate, it’s a very sensible fabric and will be the perfect medium for a unique cut and a pretty trim.
Speaking of trims… The field is open! I traipsed through a few uninspiring op-shops today in hopes I’d come across some horrifically tacky polyester prom dress with a decent beaded trim I could harvest. Nothing so far, though I have a few other shops to poke my nose into before I give up.
Meanwhile, I turned to Etsy:
That’s a snapshot of what’s floating through my mind lately. Which do you like best? Do you think Megan in 2012 would be into a Bollywood flavor? Or- Venice Lace?
I made another Sisters of Edwardia blouse with my “tweaks” to the pattern in gingham to see just how casual this top could be. Turns out, very casual. You can see the write up on Sew Weekly. The pattern is very close to completion, I had a breakthrough with the proportioning difficulties so now I know what I’m doing with the other sizes. It’s one thing to make a pattern for my own use, and a horse of an entirely different color to make one for sale! It should be ready by the end of the month, if you’d like to receive a notification please let me know.