I took an unplanned blogging-vacation during July. I'm very grateful for everybody still reding this blog after this long silence: Thank you! =) Coming into July I had lots of things planned, but then I found the perfect fabric for a dress to my friend Malin, and the rest of the world disappeared...
When Malin and her husband Johannes was married almost a year ago, they had a surprise wedding so of course we, the guests, didn't have any wedding gifts. I wanted to make them one anyway, so I figured I would sew for them! A dress for Malin and a pair of 30s pants for Johannes, was the plan. During the year we've wavered a bit about fabric and pattern for the dress, but then Malin fell for the classic Marilyn picture:
We figured a straight knock-off wouldn't suit her, so we changed it a bit, I found the perfect fabric and voilà:
Using my pattern drafting book (it has basic patterns that one alters according to the desired design) a dress was born!
Warning for geeking out! =) For those of you who have this book: I took the idea for the bodice from "Klänning med baddräktsliv" in the year 2010 edition, but changed it a lot in the shoulders and a bit in the empire line. For the back I used the basic pattern, just altered the location of the shoulder dart to the neckline. The skirt is pleated in approx 1/2 inch pleats.
Since the fabric is quite see-through the dress is fully lined in a thin white cotton. As you may know, cotton againt cotton tends to wander around a great deal, but I didn't want to make it too warm by using polyester (this dress is for summer and/or dancing after all), so I actually fastened the entire lining to the dress. All the hems, plus the side-seams, are stitched together. Overkill? Perhaps, but the top dress doesn't wander on the lining =)
The only difference between the lining and the dress is the top bodice pieces, where the lining lies flat against the body and the dress falls between the pleats in the shoulders and the pleats beneth the bust.
I finished this dress just before leaving for vacation in southern Sweden, came home about a week ago, am now working for four days and then I'm off again on Friday (tomorrow! Whoops.). It's medieval week on Gotland! Plus two of my friends are getting married, luckily not on the same weekend =) Anyway, of course I have some sewing to do before then...