O.K. so I really really wish that there was more fabric like this out there in the home sewing world. It is a silk and cotton blended voile designer end from Anna Sui. The pattern and color are subdue but intriguing… so I bought four yards of it at the Nancy’s Sewing Basket annual sale about a year ago and have been fondling it ever since. I finally bit the bullet and cut into it last friday and wore my new dress to work yesterday. I guess that technically makes it a July dress but who is being technical. It is the basic shape of McCall’s #5435 with a twist.
I also got inspired by Angry Chicken blog (she is quite hilarious) a while back and so I did a little hem decoration. I used the rolled hem on my serger down both sides of a 2 inch strip. Then I gathered through the center. I attached it to the hem using a decorative wave stitch on the Singer Machine (affectionately named Big Bertha) that I inherited from my grandmother.
One of the things that I have trouble with when I find great fabric like this is that the possibilities are endless when it is fabric, once you cut it is more or less set in stone so you better like the out come. Little things can be changed but the basic shape is what it is. I really am happy with the outcome of this dress… but I also have a yard and half left so it was less final. Not that this is totally applicable but my husband says “artist never finish their work, they just abandon it.” With fabric it is like I abandon all the wonderful possibilities for the one that (in theory) I like the best, but in actuality it might not be that which is in my minds eye. Yeah, I really do get all geeked out on this shit!! Sorry.