Sunday, August 07, 2011


 When Kitty visited the other week, one thing we did was go fabric shopping - here you see some faux silk twill (the red with bit fat grey roses - $2.99/m marked as silk but it wasn't - no problem at that price, will be fabulous lining), self stripe bengaline (yay stretch - I see a pinafore) both from Brunswick Fabrics, and some faaabulous silver leopard from Clegs (for an eveningy frock of some description):

From GJ Fabrics in Lygon St, from left to right is green wool jersey (actually like a light doubleknit), emerald-y ponti, and lovely teal wool blend.

While she was here, Kitty also helped me to make Jane more... Moggy. Her proportions were never quite mine, so while she was fine for hanging hems and taking (inaccurate) photos, she wasn't doing what a dressmaker's dummy should do.

Now she does, as you can see on the left.

First we put a suitable sized bra on her, then used wadding to pad her out. Once her proportions resembled mine, I used New Look 6968 to make a tight fitting cover out of some stretch purple denim.
To celebrate, I used the new Jane to make a scoop necked version of good ol' Butterick 6522. I finally made a proper right-sized version of the bodice out of interfacing so I can make another thousand versions of it. 
If the fabric looks familiar to those who follow bloggers, it's the same as Livebird's lovely drapey dress.

Hands up all who share the stretch cotton sateen love.

Another reason to appreciate said fabric is that with a frock like this - no need for a zip. Yay!


kitty said...

Oo the rose-y frock is very flattering!
Good to see Jane again, good times.

livebird said...

Suckas for Sateen unite! Stretch is fetch(ing)!

Dang. Now we'll have to make sure we don't both wear blue roses on days when our paths cross.

Unless you want to do it deliberately and freak people out.

moggy said...

Yeah, let's SPOOOOOK EM. They'll think it's some kinda alternate universe doppelgangerfrockenstien thing! Heads will implode!

Linda said...

Great looking fabric and your dress form is now a great working form for you. Like your scoop neck dress!

Gail said...

I have the same problem with my dress form - just for showing things off and fiddling with construction. Love your blue black dress.

Jane M said...

Great dress. And did you see me raise my hand for stretch cotton sateen.....and no zips:-)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Nice fabrics, especially the green/blue spread. My favorite colors!

Esz said...

Oh yay a new sewing blog to subscribe to :-D Love all the dresses!!