I love the fabric - Italian Rayon Double Knit in Rhumba red from GorgeousFabrics.com. It feels great, nice stretch and recovery, and a beautiful deep red color. My regret is that I didn't make the skirt more flared when I did the whole slash and spread.
I was going for the Lady Skater look but with the Jalie 2921 top, but I kinda skimped on the spread, I think. It's wearable, but when I make this again I think I'll use a 1/2 or 3/4 circle for the skirt to give myself more twirl.
So here's how I hacked the Jalie 2921 pattern to make the dress:
First, after making the magenta top, I figured out where I wanted the waist to be and then measured down from the bottom of the armscye to know where to mark on the pattern. I then copied this onto a separate sheet of pattern paper and added an extra 3/8 in the side seams (the double knit wasn't as stretchy as the magenta fabric, but I didn't actually need it - I ended up taking the top back in once I tried it on).
|Close up of front|
I then cut up the lines leaving 1/4" intact near the waist. I spread each section 1 1/4 inches apart and then taped the sections in place on my cutting mat.
I placed a new sheet of paper over the top and traced out the new pattern.
And then I sewed up the bodice and the skirt and joined them at the waist.
It's fine, just not quite my vision. Luckily, I've got enough knit fabric in my stash to try again!!
And I include these photos just for fun. I've been experimenting with taking pictures while I'm moving (I set my camera to take five photos on the self-timer) because a good friend told me I look better in motion. This has given me some better shots, but also some really silly ones!
|Not sure what I was going for with this look . . .|
Next week I'll have the Vogue 8379 wrap dress to show you that I made for a client. I like it so much that now I want one for myself!