My green camisole dress is finished. It epitomises spring – especially when worn with a large bunch of daffodils. And a pineapple!
I wore this dress for my birthday, with a piece of yellow vintage silk velvet ribbon around my waist. It felt nice and, with our improving weather, suitable for the season.
It was not an easy make, despite having done the same skirt with camisole before. The main reason – and I often find this – is that with different fabric the sizing changes – this time by around two inches (which would be a couple of dress sizes, or more), mainly in the length. Even now it is a little looser than the navy one, but I decided to leave it with a little fullness at the waist which can be pulled in with a belt.
I ended up taking an inch off the dress above the waist, and three inches off the length (having asked for your opinion and being supported in this course of action – thankyou Jay, Sewniptuck, And others.
Sadly I did this after I had put in the zip and hemmed it.
So I had quite a lot of unpicking, remarking, cutting, sewing, doing the same with the lining, and then stitching it up again. If the truth be told this dress has had a zip put in four times.
- A lemon one because I didn’t have green (it showed). [I then managed accidentally to order ten green zips on the internet]
- A green one, but the dress was too long
- Adjusted the wasit length, but the skirt was too wide
- Took an inch out of the girth of the skirt. Final insertion
I often find I am altering almost finished garments, which is really irritating, but despite my best efforts on fit, different fabrics behave differently (of course!). And if I have made something before, and it fits, I am off-guard – in that my sense of security means I just sew away, assuming that all will be well. I have learnt this lesson more than once but offer it to you now. TNT does not mean automatic pilot.
In terms of the SWAP I now have to make a white overblouse, and a hand painted silk dress. I have the rest of the month to achieve this and feel fairly confident.