Good morning! How was your weekend? We’ve been having a fantastic time with my mom, and also squeezed in some playdates and date nights. I went to see Trance with M, and though the plot twists hurt my head, I thought the movie was pretty good. We also had a hail storm! And power outage! Excitement all around.
So I’ve been steadily working my way through the last few seasons of Project Runway (I’m currently watching All Stars Season 1), and I’ve been trying to push myself to try different things.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I don’t really go for the super girly look. I tend to like neutral colors paired with graphic/modern patterns, simple and clean lines, an almost androgynous look at times. Though K is decidedly past her princess stage, she is still very much a girly girl. At school, the lunch lady told me that she’s known as the girl who always wears a pretty hairband or hair clip (why the lunch lady knows this about my daughter is beyond me). And she loves all things floral and lace.
Anyway, this week I tried to go girly. First up, this floral Liberty look-alike dress is from this book, and the sheer fabric was a bit of a bear to work with when it came to the frilly parts. I really need to figure out how to use the rolled hem attachment on my serger.
I lined it with plain muslin and have to confess that I couldn’t be bothered to french seam everything. I did do a few where the seams would be noticeable (the neck frill, for example). I can’t remember where I got this fabric because it’s been sitting in my stash forever before I ever paid attention to fabric brands and I think it might be Liberty though I can’t seem to find any proof.
It’s a sweet dress with enough flounce to make it 100% girly. And you know what? I like it. A lot. There are patch pockets too, though they blend in so well with the pattern, they’re rendered invisible.
This second dress was a whole new experience for me. The knit lace fabric was purchased from here years ago, and I let it languish since I didn’t really know how I was supposed to sew with this type of knit.
Luckily, I had this book, which is all about knits. And bonus for me, one of the dresses was made out of a knit lace — I learned that the trick is to line each piece with a thin knit and to treat the two pieces as one. The knit lace (lace knit?) is a dusty pink, but I lined it with grey, making the color more lavender-ish pewter.
Not so luckily, I wasn’t very good at this. My knits ended up puckered and stretched out and the dress is huge. In fact, I instructed her to wear it backwards because the v-neck was entirely too low and looked awkward.
The cinching of the waist with the gold belt was K’s idea and was a stroke of brilliance, though it would have been nice if she would have let me even out the bunching. The belt definitely helps because it looked shapeless and a little sad without it like this:
I don’t think I can chalk this one up as one of my more successful garments, but still, it was fun to try a new technique and next time I’ll do it better. Plus, I think it fits the girly bill and even has a ladylike feel to it, don’t you think? I can imagine her at high tea, nibbling little triangular sandwiches and sipping from dainty cups with pinky raised.
I have a super exciting announcement coming up later this week! Also, because it’s spring break and I have a full week of family plans ahead, postings may be a bit spotty this week. I’ll be here on Wednesday for sure though so I hope you check back!