Here is my finished Sew Weekly Reunion frock! I sure do miss seeing everyone's weekly creations, so I am really looking forward to this reunion!
This project is extremely overdue. I had plans for this fabric and pattern as soon as I returned from the pattern swap in March of last year. And although I cannot remember which Sew Weekly challenge it was originally meant for, I missed it by a mile.
So imagine my surprise when it fit the new Pantone theme perfectly! I guess it was just meant to be!
Without taking a very close look, I assumed that this print was all about
poppies. They grow like weeds in . Marin County, and are the first thing I think of when I see any orange flower
Upon closer inspection, however, I believe they look more like koi-colored carnations. I have never come across any orange carnations, although I think a bit of food coloring in their water might change that.
I knew going into this project that I was going to have yardage issues. The piece was 60” wide, but I only had 1 2/3 yards to work with. The facings were obviously going to be made from another fabric. The design does work with two colors, but I just did not think that I would find something suitable for a contrasting sleeve.
A skirt was an option, but finding something to wear with it was going to pose serious problems. In the end, I shortened the skirt pieces by four inches and, throwing caution to the wind, used a multi-directional cutting layout. I cannot remember the last time I did this with anything other than solid colored lining fabrics. But it worked!
The dress turned out a bit larger than expected, but it sure is comfortable to wear! And it is just perfect for Fall.
• The Facts
⁃ Fabric: I believe this is sueded rayon (from Sew Weekly Pattern Swap)
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 2126
⁃ Year: 1940s
⁃ Notions: Zipper, Thread, Rayon Seam Binding
⁃ Time to complete: approx. 3 days
⁃ First worn: August 21, 2013
⁃ Wear again? Yes!
⁃ Total price: ~ $4.00 for zipper and thread
Dress & Belt: Made by me, Simplicity 2126
Shoes: Colin Stuart