Remember this dress….
The bodice of this dress was made from the top of another dress.
I received a request to make a similar design, with this fabric that I got on my trip to the garment district.
Since I didn’t create the bodice portion of the dress, I had to create a pattern using the design and shape of that bodice as a reference.
First, I found a pattern that I could use to create a pattern to suit this style. I found one with wide armholes that had gathers at the shoulder. My plan was to re-draft the pattern so that the excess material would be at the neckline (rather than the gathers at the shoulders), allowing for the pleating.
I made a muslin with the pattern first, in order to test the fit, etc. I often buy sheets at the thrift store to use for creating muslins. I will only do so if I can tell they are hardly or not used, because sometimes if everything goes well, I end up making muslins into actual garments.
So, I adjusted the spacing of the pleats, adjusted the armholes, and got to work cutting out the fabric, and attaching the pieces of the actual dress.
I also had to make shorter and looser sleeves, attach the skirt, and add a split cowl with buttons to the neckline.
I think I’m going to make a dress similar to this for myself from one material, sans the sleeves and potentially without the cowl as well.
The floral material really reminds me of fall. It’s a great dress to kick off November.
Last night, after finishing and listing the dress, I tried this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Mmmm!
It is really tasty. My husband even liked it, and he doesn’t like pumpkin.
Here’s a tip though: use 1.5 T vanilla instead of 2 (or maybe even a little less depending on your personal preference), and brown sugar instead of regular sugar. I used canned pumpkin, and I think I’m going to add a bit more than 2 T next time for more pumpkin flavor. It was too sweet for me so I just kept warming it up with more coffee. It may take some work, but the final product is wonderful; it’s definitely a dessert-worthy drink.
Sipping these was the perfect way to bid adieu to October.