a stripey dress and the July summary

IMG_4294My third and final big project for July was a maxidress, made from a stripey/zigzagged knit that I picked up about 2 summers ago from this hole in the wall fabric store that I didn’t know existed near my house. Most of the fabric they had wasn’t all that exciting to me, being largely quilting cottons and weird polyesters. But the two older ladies who were running the shop chatted with me and Doug for awhile, since we were the only people there at the time, so I felt sort of obligated to buy something. This knit was pretty much the only thing that jumped out to me.

The pattern is McCall’s 6559, which I’ve made once before. I knew the dress still fits me fine, so I didn’t make any adjustments. But maybe I should have– this fabric is almost too lightweight to not see through, and it still pulls down in front quite a bit!

The first time I wore it out in public (to church, which was a mistake), I spent the whole service tugging the thing up, debating whether shortening the straps would tighten up the armholes too much or trying to insert a scrap of fabric into the neckline to act as a fake camisole would be the better move. My husband was adamantly against that idea. But I think I have a working solution now…

IMG_4270…turning it backwards!

(And hey, check out that stripe matching. The zig zags aren’t perfect, but I think I did pretty darn good on the straight lines. I did have to rip out a partial seam to fix, but it was worth it.)

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Yeah, I think I’m going to like it much better like this.

Another thing that makes me happy about this project is that I was able to have it do double-duty for challenges again– the Stashbusting Sewalong theme for July was dresses, and The Monthly Stitch’s was spots and stripes. It’s nice to still feel like I’m involved in the more social aspect of this!

So, my quick stashbusting update for July:

I used up a total of about 5 yards. I bought 6.5, which have not arrived in the mail yet. Most of that is small pieces for Hobbit’s Halloween costume this year, and one piece is for the sewing dare that I got from Gillian, because I didn’t have anything on hand that would quite work. (Plus I needed $50 worth of stuff to get free shipping.) The bad news is that this purchase puts me back up to about 400 yards total, but the good news is that I’ve used up about 42 1/2 yards for the year so far. Which is really not bad, considering how ridiculously hard it has been to get sewing time in this year!

My other exciting news is that I am finally making progress on getting Hobbit to take his morning nap in the crib! I haven’t made it into the sewing room every day, because I still have to do some stuff like get dinner thrown in the crockpot or occasionally clean something. But I did get enough time in last week to trace out the pattern for the Halloween costume, order the fabric, do some much-needed tidying in my sewing room, and cut out a project for myself. Which will not be the next thing I sew, since I intend to do some embellishing on the fabric first, but still– sewing time! During the day! How exciting is that?!

 

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12 thoughts on “a stripey dress and the July summary

  1. What a perfect and simple solution for fixing the neckline! Best part is you can still wear it the original way if you want – would be good for “date night”. Great stripe matching – I can’t even see the seams!

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  2. Hehe, I had to smile at the “guilt purchase” just because the shop ladies were nice, I have been there too!! however it worked out really well for you because this dress looks fabulous! Yes, wear it backwards, the neckline lends itself so well to that. I think you’re doing SO amazingly well, managing to sew things for yourself still, with a small boy to take care of. I take my hat off to you… Well done!

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  3. I love your solution. It looks great backwards. Low cut backs are so in. I have definitely bought obligation sewing notions from old ladies before. I dream of nap time sewing. My daughter is sleeping in a crib at night but isn’t napping on her own yet. I’m sure we will both get there eventually. In the meantime the crock pot is my savior. What are you doing for Halloween? I want to do family costumes but probably can’t go crazy due to lack of sewing time. Excited to see what you come up with.

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    1. Yes, crock pots are seriously the best thing ever! I’m making my boy a hoodie and painting it to look like the main droid in the latest Star Wars movie. I think I have everything I need to do a low-key costume of the girl from it, since he’s definitely not old enough to walk around without a parent. Any plans on your end?

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