This weekend there was a fabric crawl in Baltimore. I had a full day and wasn’t able to make it to all the stops. But, I did meet up for lunch a trip to A Fabric Place. There is currently a sale and I talked myself out of pastel yellow wool jersey.
It was great to finally meet Ming in person. Plus, I got to see Lisette who I hadn’t seen in two years despite living 30 minutes apart. And, of course Trena was there too. I also met SewRock who lives in the same neighborhood as my friend Liz.
Thank you for the comments on my Trina Turk dress. It proved very popular that night too! I thought I’d answer a few questions.
Lakaribane asked if I was wearing sheer pantyhose. Yes, I am. A few years ago I bought about two dozen pairs of this color marketed as the perfect skintone match for women of color. Most time people don’t even realize I’m wearing pantyhose. And, of course because I adore this shade, it was discontinued. I’m down to my last six pairs. So, I’m on the hunt for a new perfect match. I never really stopped wearing pantyhose. They’ve never bothered me and I never disliked my legs. I just thought you wore pantyhose to work / church / nice events. Well, apparently the Duchess of Cambridge is bringing them back, LOL.
GPetunia suggested “by increasing width across entire back from neck to hem before making another swayback adjustment.”
This is a good idea. I’m a 32 underbust and tend to make smaller sizes on top and an FBA. I could use some more ease in my upper back.
ReRe asked if there were any hiccups. Absolutely none. I do wish I had paid more attention in the hemming and made the back a hair longer. I really need to mark these better!
Several noted trepidation over the sleeves. I just want to reinforce that they are not tough at all. I had some puckering on the first pass with the sewing machine. But, serging (and reducing the seam allowances) made it go away. And, of course, press, press and press some more. I’ve always believed in fearless sewing.
I may have caused some confusion on the length of the dress. Kelly pointed out that I mentioned lengthening the skirt (which I did say before). I did hem by about 2.5 inches. I think the pattern calls for a 1.25 inch hem. So, it’s not what I would call ‘short’. I did lengthen the pattern at the bust for my dartless FBA. But, that didn’t impact the length.
Shirley told us about a navy blue and lime dress similar to the Trina Turk copy. I don’t want to tell you how much time I spent online Monday looking for those colors in double knit or wool jersey. I did find torquoise which I may indulge in. But, am still looking for lime green…. you know, if you see any, let me know!
That’s all for now! Thanks again and happy sewing 🙂