• Dresses

    Spot on

    You won’t believe how long I’ve been waiting for August 2014.

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    It’s a month of two major events – first, it’s my 30th birthday. (Today in fact) Huzzah! And second, I’m moving to my new home and getting a sewing room.

    I am VERY excited. I hope you can sense a bottled up giddiness in my photos; take a look and see if you can catch the twinkle in my eye.

    So for my August Minerva make I wanted to make a strappy sundress; I mean can you blame me given the weather we were having?

    almond rock new look 6886 viscose

    I used an amazing spot viscose from Minerva that I can honestly say is like my absolute ideal fabric –

    • the print is small but noticeable;
    • it has brilliant drape;
    • it’s cool and soft to the touch; and
    • there are so many good colours in their I can wear a wild variety of coordinating clothes and accessories.

    I’ve even used this fabric before on a dress, that’s how much I love it. I have TWO dresses in my wardrobe in it now.

    almond rock new look 6886 viscose

    The dress pattern used is New Look 6886 which is a great staple sundress pattern with several cute variations. I was very tempted to use gathers around the bust but in the end went plain and simple with view D.

    The bodice is self-lined, and I inserted a lapped zipper (as I’m done with my invisible zipper obsession now) plus as an interesting touch I used a slider set to make the straps adjustable.

    almond rock new look 6886 viscose

    This is something I’ve always loved about ready to wear clothes because I have one shoulder lower than the other and even though I try so hard, fitting straps on myself isn’t 100% fool-proof. These nifty sliders are cheap to buy and come in packs of 10, in black/white/transparent.

    Doing this will mean a couple of changes from the pattern pieces and a little extra effort – first you’ll extend your strap piece to  cut a much longer strap, then you’ll make a very short strap about 3 – 4 inches long. You should bring out a bra to sit next to you as you sew to compare how the straps feed through the loops.

    I absolutely adore this finished dress and feel wonderful in it. It’s been worn every week since I finished it.

    almond rock new look 6886 viscose