Dress and jacket.
Just the dress, with the cute little 30s handbag I bought at Tradera.
The wedding was in an old chapel at Gammlia outdoors museum. In between the guided tour and waiting for the newlyweds to get back from the photoshoot, me and Linda, who generously helped me out with taking pictures (Thank you!) found a 40s boat in one of the few museum buildings at Gammlia. We had fun... =)
It was a wonderful day; a beautiful wedding, a delicious dinner and a fun party.
Congratulations, Johan and Amanda!
I'm glad I made the outfit, but was again reminded that me and deadlines don't go together very well. Esp when I set them up way too tight!
I you want to see details shots and read some construction notes, just click on the blogtitle...
Otherwise, thank you for reading this far =)
So, time to get geeky, right? =) First, details shots of the dress:
Self-covered buttons in the back
Skewed sideseam =( I cut the skirt on the bias, and I love the flowy effect it has on the drape. With a bit of extra length (72 cm skirt instead of my usual 65cm) to me the dress gives of more of a 30s vibe than it would have done with a straight grain skirt. However, the skirt would have benefited from cf and cb seams, and a layout like they explain in this article. As it is now, the fibers have different strength on the two sides if the seam, causing it to twist. It is less noticeble on me though, as the dressmakers dummy and I have different porpotions (see how the waistline is pulled up in the back? Even with the dummy on the smallest setting, the back is too wide and too long!).
Now, onto the The Jacket!
Back of jacket, notice the lack of shoulder darts. Instead I eased the back shoulder piece to the fronts, workes great as the dart only would have been maybe 1 cm. Also, there's no cb-seam, which the pattern really needed, as even with two waistdarts it was a smidge too tight around the hips. I stubbornly refused to add a center seam, and the mr came with the cleaver idea, how about godets?
Brilliant! Added one to the inner darts, perfect fit around both waist and hips. (The dummy's hips are 10cm smaller than mine, look at the pics in the beginning for a better idea of hip-fit).
On the finished jacket. You can see how the canvas interfacing ends a bit up from the side seam, and then gently curves to the front, not interfereing with the ease created for the bust. Also visible are the sleeveheads. Note the lack of shoulderpads, giving the finished garment a softer feel, I think.
The back, with a backstay that extends into all seamallowances.
Inside the lower back, with the godets clearly visible. As you can see, I placed them inside the dart, and let them end at the waistline. The back of the sleeves are also visible, where two pleats agaist the polkadot-cuffs creates ease of movement for the elbows.
This was a fun project, and I can see myself get lot's of wear from it in the future, both as an ensamble and as individual pieces. It was interesting to tailor something a bit less ambitious, to cut some corners and see what worked and what didn't work. I have a strong feeling that with some wear the toille-canvas won't be strong eunough to support the wide collar, it might have been better to use a light-weight horse hair canvas, or maybe a linen interfacing canvas. However, this is not meant for everyday wear, and I feel perfectly happy with it! Now I just need to sew up the last of the lining and insert it... =)
Thank you for tagging along for this little ride into sewing geek-land! If you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions, please let me know in the comments!