|Looks like an ordinary house, except it's actually No. 4, Privet Drive! |
And it looks like an ordinary girl in a mostly ordinary tie-dye-ish blue dress, except it's actually another Spidey dress!
|Unfortunately, it was just chilly enough that I never |
got around to taking my cardigan off.
See, I had some leftover fabric after making the first Spiderman dress, and of course it would be too sad to let it go to waste. I decided to use it for a muslin, which happily turned out wearable. In fact, it's way more wearable than my first dress, at least as far as London/San Francisco weather goes, seeing as how it's not backless. Unfortunately, the amount of fabric I had left to work with meant that the back has a different sort of (unintentional) special feature:
|There are two random grabby hands coming out of the back seams! And a random knee, but it's not grabby. |
However, as the some people have pointed out, at least the hand wasn't going the other direction...
This was actually the dress I brought for show and tell at the Canada College blogger meetup. I had drafted this pattern with two inspirations in mind:
- Devra's dropped waist dress: I never thought that dropped waist dresses could look good on anyone, Tanit-Isis excepted, but Devra regularly makes dresses with the fitted-top-full-skirt-gathered-at-the-waist look that I like, so if she can make a dropped waist dress look good, maybe I can give that look another chance. I have bad memories of the eighties and all of its shapeless, dropped waist dresses; I knew I would have to make the top at least somewhat fitted so as to avoid recalling that horror.
- Laziness: Even though I've gotten much better at darts, princess seams, and zippers, and even though I'm no longer as petrified of buttonholes as I used to be, sometimes I just want a quick, easy-to-make fitted dress that doesn't require fiddling with shaping or closures. The answer to that dilemma, of course, is cutting on the bias. That way, I can still get the figure-hugging look, but the stretchiness of the bias means I can just pull it over my head. It's my first ever dress that's passed the Mena no-zipper test!
- Bonus inspiration: There's a costume I want to make that requires a dropped waist and a more or less fitted bodice with no darts, but it can't be made of knit. This is a wearable muslin for that costume.
|It's really only warm enough to take off my cardigan indoors, and even then that's a stretch. Apologies about the poor lighting.|
Fabric: I had about 2/3 of a twin sheet left, but in lots of oddly-shaped pieces instead of one continuous piece. There were also questionable stains to cut around; as it was, I had no useable fabric left to speak of. I'm pretty pleased, though, that I managed to squeeze out two dresses from two sheets -- one very full skirted one and one cut on the fabric-greedy bias!
Notions: Bias tape to finish the neckline and armholes. I wish I had had the foresight to put seam binding on the seams, but I hadn't expected to wear this muslin when I first made it up. Hopefully, between the pinking and careful hand-washing, it'll be okay.
Techniques: Finishing with bias tape, sewing on the bias, baby hem
Hours used: Seeing as how I made this before my vacation, I don't really remember. Several, I'm guessing, what with the pattern drafting and the trial and error corrections.
Will you make this again? Yes! It wears nicely and should sew up quickly now that I've figured out the pattern.
Total cost: $3 or so, but really it's free, considering that it's made of scraps from another project.
Final thoughts: I am a total convert to cutting things on the bias now. I can't wait to try variations on this pattern with different fabrics. I actually feel like I could successfully make one of those Vionnet-esque gowns that Justine talked about, now. I just love how the bias drapes and moves so beautifully...even if the skirt isn't all that full, it still makes for some good twirling!
Have you ever made a non-stretch dress that passed the Mena test? Have you discovered the wonders of bias-cut garments yet? And is anyone interested in the pattern for the bodice? I don't think I'm up to grading it, but if you're more or less my size (RTW size S/Burda size 34/Big Four size 10 or so) and have a tiny apple dumpling shop, leave me a comment and I'll try to get the pattern pieces into a pdf.