So what was the first thing I made on this new workstation? Surprisingly enough, it was a project for someone else (gasp!). My friend's daugher just turned four and I made her a party dress, using this pattern. It was a quick make and her mum loves it, I hope to show you a picture when she convinces the recipient to put it on!
The second thing I made was a first in many ways. It's this crazy velvet knit maxi-wit-a-train:
See that smirk? That's me being smug about FINALLY getting over my fear of knits. I mentioned this fabric in my previous post, it was a bit of an impulse buy at a fabric market. It's a very stable knit, and I thought it would make an awesome Mission Maxi dress!
I'm not sure why I was so drawn to this fabric since it's not really 'me' at first sight (Black? Flocked velvet? Knit?). Maybe I'm just trying to fulfill my not-so-secret dream of being a Hogwarts graduate. Point is, I had this Jamie Christina pattern lying around for a while and thought this might be a good way to start sewing knits.
I made view C, which has a massive godet at the back, giving the dress a very dramatic sweep. The fabric is nice and heavy, but still has a great drape. I cut a straight size 14, based on my waist and hip measurements (I don't mind thing being a little tight in the bust, but I don't like things clinging around my stomach!) and it fits pretty damn well! Even the length was perfect for me, I have no problem sweeping around in an ultra dramatic fashion.
|Yes. A train. Good.|
|Serious bling, you guys.|
The neckline and armholes are finished with binding, which didn't cause any problems at all. I love it when that happens.
I'm just adding this because this is what happens when my boyfriend tells me to 'look goth' and it cracks me up. Excuse the bra btw, I suck at laundry.
Here's a closer picture of the fabric! I love how this makes it slightly more interesting than just a black knit dress. It looks pretty dramatic on its own, but I dressed it down with some boots and a jean jacket and thought it worked pretty well for the day's activities (lunch at my parents' and the laundromat).
I don't think I can say much more about this dress. I'll definitely wear this more often (not on rainy days though) and would definitely recommend the Mission Maxi to others; the pattern runs true to size and is well-drafted. I have green knit around that would be perfect for a summer version!
Ah, it's good to be back. I have some other things planned, including a costume, and some warmer clothes for my upcoming trip to Iceland (!!). So for now, I'll be leaving you with this picture of me and Jesus: