Author Topic: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)  (Read 5246 times)

Offline bessiecrocker

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Love the Vogue dress...are you thinking of using your teal challis for this dress? It would work nicely.

Is it just the long ties that bother you about the back? Or is the back neckline too deep? Because, if it's just the long ties...you could easily shorten the ties and finish with a pretty flat knot instead...keep the "feel" but make the dress more wearable. You could even pre-tie the knot and just use a snap on the other end of the tie, no fiddling when you get dressed.

If you want to raise the neckline, you're facing more work.  :devil:

Offline fzxdoc

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CCL, on my dress I would leave the ties--that's the part I like best. I might try to lower the front collar a bit, since high-necked styles are not flattering on me. Mostly I was thinking to make it in a fabric/print that is not too dressy.

I think it would be a perfect style for that teal challis. If you don't like the long ties, you could just connect the collar pieces at the center back into a V, eliminating any sort of tie at all.

It looks as though the pattern's dress was made from 4 ply silk.

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CCL, on my dress I would leave the ties--that's the part I like best. I might try to lower the front collar a bit, since high-necked styles are not flattering on me. Mostly I was thinking to make it in a fabric/print that is not too dressy.

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I agree that high-necked styles are not my best look but I really like this dress. What fabrics do you think would make it look less dressy? I was thinking about a very lightweight denim and adding big patch pockets. For the hot weather that we are having, I can see it in a chiffon with a separate slip. I'm going to order the pattern when they have the next sale. I won't get to it until the fall. I think it would work for the winter if I combined the neckline and ties with a long sleeved sheath dress.  Can you tell that I've been admiring this dress since it came out. I have to search the stash to see what fabrics would work.

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Towanda, they're having a sale now on Vogue patterns $5.19 if you're a Club BMV member on the Vogue website.

I haven't decided on the fabric type--I was thinking seersucker or linen cut on the bias and/or maybe a not-too-dressy chiffon print over a slip just as you are thinking. I'll be stash diving for the fabrics.

I like your idea of denim too.

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Towanda and Kathryn, oooo, can't wait to see what you guys come up with.   Bessie, yup, for the teal fabric.  I like your ideas for how to change up the ties.

Kathryn, I like the ties too-- funny, I love the front collar as well -- Since I wanted to make this for SWAP and wear it with my jacket, the ties probably won't work with the jacket - or any short jacket...I should probably just play with a couple of ideas on the muslin and decide then.  However, Mudcat said explicitly that all the pieces did not have to go with each other... so there's that.

I am always befuddled about how my mind works... in mulling over this teal fabric, a decision popped into place about which pattern to use for the rust wool crepe.  So I think I am going to cut that one out and let the ideas for this teal and V1544 simmer while I am working on it.


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I like the seersucker and linen ideas. I just ordered the pattern and a couple of others, lol. I'm going on a sewing retreat in August so I think I'll take this with me to work on. I can get some help with fitting from the other folks attending. At least I have one project picked out for the trip.

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CCL, I agree that this dress would not play well with any sort of jacket. It's the drama of the back that makes the statement. Plus that type of collar (assuming you eliminated the ties) would not work with a jacket except perhaps a bolero.

Being the sewing magpie, I posted a dress idea on the Sewing Inspiration and Project Photos topic this morning that is drawing my attention as well. Calm down, Kathryn.

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Kathryn, so funny isn't it, when the brain just gets going and excited about more projects than the reality of available time can handle?  I am kind of in that same place.  And then all the ideas kind of clog up my brain and I can't start anything.  I really like the dress you posted...it reminds me of a dress pattern of my grandmother's from the 50's.

I managed to get the rust colored wool crepe cut out yesterday, as well as the cotton batiste for the underlining.  I originally wasn't going to underline, but in playing around with the fabrics, decided it would be best.    Bonus is that I have enough of the crepe left over to make a top... I don't have a pattern yet for that effort. 

 But given my new fondness for Towanda's guideline for sewing up stash...the top will probably be next up after the sheath dress.  I will come back to the teal then.  I did measure what I have of the teal challis, and I should have enough to include the ties, but then I would have to give up my idea of the teal top to go with trousers and skirt.
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Offline fzxdoc

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Well, guess what, CCL and Towanda. I got the Vogue 1544 pattern yesterday and am dismayed to find that the collar has a seam in the right front. What? It doesn't show on the pattern photo of course, and is not mentioned in the description but is in plain view in the line drawings.




Of course there would have to be a seam somewhere or the collar wouldn't be able to lie smoothly, but I honestly didn't think of that.

I think the seam would be less noticeable on a print, but I had been thinking of a print dress with a solid collar. :'(

Also, both the dress and lining are cut on the straight of grain (not the bias as I had envisioned); the dress is not darted but the lining is.

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The pattern is on the way to me. That seam is a game changer. I wonder if it can be moved to the side seam? The missing dart is an issue for me. The girls are not little and I have a narrow upper chest. I always end up with too much fabric in the upper chest area. I'm working on a dolman sleeve dress and want to remove the excess fabric above the bust. I spent a lot of time last night searching for a solution. Didn't find what I was looking for, ugh. I ended up making a muslin. I was able to pinch out an inch of fabric and it solved the problem.  I did a narrow shoulder adjustment right over the bust area to remove the excess fabric. I added the inch back at the side seam. I'm going to cut out the dress today so I'll see how it turns out.

I might try to combine the upper part of the Vogue pattern with a dress drafted in PMB. I could use a darted front. The only reason that I bought the pattern was the collar and ties. I don't have time to try to figure out how to draft it. I'm taking the whole thing with me on my sewing retreat. I want to make it in a navy blue fabric that I just bought.

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That  collar seam might be invisible in a navy blue, Towanda.

What a bad place to put a collar seam--especially in a designer pattern! I'm amazed, and not in a good way.

I may have to work out a full bust correction too, although my bust is not all that large (36-38B depending on the bra manufacturer), my shoulders are small.

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I am wondering if it might be possible to move the seam to having it underneath the place in the center back, where the collar forms a sort of tie effect? That might necessitate cutting the collar in three sections instead of two, so as to have one section for the central portion, and one each for the collar ties, and would probably need more fabric than what is called for. I don't have the pattern so cannot speak to how straightforward it would be to do this, but it would move the visible seam(s) to a potentially less obtrusive place.

Also, when I just view the image, and enlarge it, the seam in the front collar is actually visible, out near the edge
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I assumed that it had to be seamed due to limitations from fabric width only, since it's on the bias.

I agree, indigotiger, the seam could be moved to where the tie starts, if the fabric is wide enough.

Looking at the cutting layout, you could come close with 60 inch wide fabric, perhaps, and could at least move it to somewhere in the back for 45 inch fabric.

Plus it needn't be on the true bias, I'm thinking, which would buy more real estate for the collar pieces, joined.

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The pattern is on the way to me. That seam is a game changer. I wonder if it can be moved to the side seam? The missing dart is an issue for me.

As I have been musing about this dress and the collar - I was thinking of doing it as three pieces - one across the collar ending just below the center back and tie with the other two pieces seamed there. I think this idea is the same as what IndigoTiger mentioned.  Maybe just the front part needs to be on the bias.

But I have to admit, I kind of liked the diagonal slash of a seam at the front -- especially on a solid.   Almost like one of the Queen's brooches.

Edited to add:  I imagine one could cut the dress front and back on the bias... the lining is interfaced so that would provide support.
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Sewing has come to a screeching halt here.  BH has been describing pain, and after visits to his doctor and several follow up calls and trips to the pharmacy, he said to heck with this, take me to the ER.  That was Thursday morning, so after a long saga including being transferred to another hospital and middle of the night emergency major surgery, he was out of recovery and in his room by 4:00am Friday.  He is recovering and we are still waiting for the pathology report.  I am so grateful.

Before his ordeal, I had managed to get the wool crepe sheath dress and underlining cut out and painstakingly basted together with some lovely 100weight silk thread I had lying around.  They expect to keep him for aweek, but when he gets back, I will probably put "me sewing" on a back burner and concentrate on sewing up some things for him.

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Best Wishes to you both CCL   :heart_smilie:
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Best Wishes to you both CCL   :heart_smilie:

Yes. Sending positive energy to you and BH. Hope everything works out alright. Sewing is always there for you, just like an old friend.  :heart_smilie:

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Wow, CCL, sounds as though your BH had a close call. How frightening for you both. I hope the pathology findings are negative, and that he can comfortably continue to recover with your help and care when he returns home.

No wonder all thoughts of sewing and other non-essentials have flown out of your brain. Take time for yourself, when you can, though.

I wish you and him all the best,

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Hope the results come back good CCL, thinking of you both.
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Thank you, Helen, Fzxdoc, Sewsy and Lisanne. Your kind thoughts meant a lot to me on those lonely times in the hospital.   We think he gets to come home today!  It's been a long week, but I believe his long term prognosis is good, we just have to get through the next six months.  I have been reading SG on my mobile phone and watching every one's beautiful sews has cheered me.

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Keeping my fingers crossed for you that he is allowed home today.  Really good to hear the prognosis is good - every best wish to you both.



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Oh I bet your BH be so happy to be home with you again, CCL.  Best wishes to you both as he continues to heal.

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Thank you Turquoise and Fzxdoc,  we are home, eating well, moving around okay.  Still downstairs and sleeping on the couch, but I think it's only a matter of time before he tackles the stairs to the bedroom.  We feel very fortunate that the docs moved quickly, though it was a bit scarey to do emergency surgery in the middle of the night.  Visiting nurse comes again tomorrow and then he checks back in with the surgeon in two weeks, but I am much more calm and after hemming some comfy pants etc. for him to wear about the house, I may try sewing up my sheath.  I actually had some time to cut some fusible strips to reinforce the zipper.  I may be doing this as a  5- 10 minute a day sewing project, but I would like to keep going.

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In times of stress (and subsequent hopefulness), it's usually good to keep going with the routine as much as possible. I'm guessing your BH needs a lot of rest, so sewing while he is napping is a good way to keep your mind and hands busy.

I wish you well, CCL.

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In times of stress (and subsequent hopefulness), it's usually good to keep going with the routine as much as possible. I'm guessing your BH needs a lot of rest, so sewing while he is napping is a good way to keep your mind and hands busy.

I wish you well, CCL.

Kathryn



Me too. Glad you're both at home and able to get a bit of rest and calm. Also glad getting in a bit of sewing is helpful.