Happy birthday to me! I’m 27 today, and am celebrating by heading into town to have lunch with my mother, then having my parents over for dinner tonight (Indian curry, which is one of our specialties).
It’s been a busy two months or so, as Mr. Guy and I bought our first home and set about moving in and making it our own – he built a fence (so it’s almost completely dog-proof) and I planted some fruit trees. Hence my absence from the blog, and from sewing in general – I haven’t sewn in about 6 weeks and only unpacked my sewing room yesterday. Luckily I have a bit of a back log of projects I need to post!
You may be able to guess that this is another Colette Monetta dress. What can I say – it’s easy to sew, doesn’t use much fabric, but is crazy comfortable to wear. Win-win-win. As mentioned above, this was made ~2 months ago and photographed at our old flat.
The fabric is a lovely ponte from The Fabric Warehouse, bought in a hurried panic – I had thought the shop opened an hour earlier than it actually did (11), so had to wait outside until it opened, then only had 10-15 minutes to shop before needing to leave for the airport – our check-in was at 11.30 and I’m still amazed that we made it across Wellington in time.
I made a couple of minor changes to the pattern for this dress. Firstly, I changed the neckline to more of a scoop, which I prefer on me, and as usual I raised the back neckline. Instead of turning-and-stitching or using a facing, I created a band like you’d find on a t-shirt.
For the skirt, I made a dirndl-style skirt (rectangle rather than a curved a-line) to avoid getting the sad-face you often find on striped skirts with a shaped waist seam. This also made it easier to hem because the bottom was a straight line, matching the stripes. I put in pockets similar to my last version, where they’re bigger and shaped to be caught in the waist seam so they lie flatter.
I will admit I’m rather pleased at how well I matched the stripes along the side seams, although it annoys me how they angle up at the side of the bodice – I’ll have to have another look at the pattern piece to see if I can fix this. I tried matching the stripes on the sleeves but they seem to be the wrong shape to do that well – has anyone else had more luck with that?
So! That’s that. Hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to get more photos and finally catch up, as well as settling into my sewing room and creating some more garments – with a new job I often find my fashion habits change and it’ll be interesting to see what I make for work. Do you find the same thing, or does your style evolve for other reasons?
Pattern: Colette Moneta
Fabric: Ponte (rayon/poly/spandex) from The Fabric Warehouse (Gah I miss living in Wellington, just for the fabric shops), $27
Notions: Clear elastic, 50c, thread from stash
Do you guys find the cost break down helpful? I’ve done it for a while but I’m never sure if it’s good.