This is my completed project for the Mood Sewing Network lace challenge and I must say I’m pleased.
Inspired by the Tory Burch Ginevra dress, I ordered this navy cotton lace from Mood,
and was set to go until I saw – and touched the actual dress in a store. I suddenly lost confidence fearing I could never make a dress that favorably compared to it….
Thank you, Readers and thank you Lynda Maynard for moving me past my apprehension!
Since this was my first experience to sew with lace, I vowed to limit the risk factors by selecting an easy to work with lace, keeping the project simple and sewing a familiar garment style.
The cotton lace was a delight on many levels. Hand stitching and tracing paper marks disappeared into the sea of navy flowers. The fabric has good body and held up well when I attached the grosgrain waistband and inserted a hand-picked zipper.
The dress is lined with a navy china silk from Mood Fabrics. I used an older Milly cotton lace dress for reference and decided underlining was unnecessary for this fabric. Since all of my adjustments were made in the muslin the sewing went quickly and a new dress was born!
Sew the Perfect Fit Review Part 2
Weeks earlier I began Lynda Maynard’s online Craftsy Course, Sew the Perfect Fit. (blogged here).
The course includes Vogue 8766, and View D reminded me of the Ginevra lace dress.
In the 10 video lessons, Lynda Maynard demonstrates how to make the perfect muslin from this pattern on three different sized women. I quickly learned how to lengthen the too short bodice and lower the too high bust darts.
Shortly after completing the Part 1 Review, I learned how to easily solve a fitting dilemma that has plagued my sewing for years – how to remove excessive length from the back. Linda offers a very easy solution!
1. Measure the excessive fabric and mark.
2. Make a horizontal cut on the pattern piece all the way to the cutting line. The pattern will now have a hinge.
3. Adjust pattern and tape. The hinge allows the side seam to remain the same length while allowing you to get rid of the excessive fabric. It also keeps the paper pattern piece flat allowing for an accurate cut.
4. H e l l o
Lynda also fits the lower body and arms, but my lower body muslin was fine and my pattern version was sleeveless. By the end of the 10th lesson, the model is fitted with the perfect muslin!
Building on the skills I have acquired in previous classes combined with new fitting techniques in the Craftsy course proved for a great surprise: trouble-free sewing.
That’s right – I have learned trouble-free sewing does exist, and I’ll be back for another fix soon!