We are wrapping up the Swirl Dress Sew-A-Long, hosted by darling sewist, Beccie, of Sew Retro Rose. Seeing all the ladies personal take on the basic Swirl dress is great. Especially for a person like me with no imagination. Piddling around in my sewing room I wound up straightening out my stash. Read that, an excuse to handle and look at my small but growing stash. Next thing I knew I was planning and cutting out another swirl dress!
A two-toned swirl dress is in order for Lyric and why not feature it in the December, 2014, Make A Garment A Month Challenge? Yes, I believe I will.
Check out the one above. Gorgeous! I really should have taken some pics of the stash-busted fabric that I chose, but I was so into the process I just didn’t think of it. I will tell you this it is being made partly from a repurposed bed sheet. Yay! I always get kind of excited when I’m able to use them. Hey, a dress for under $3.00! That’s something to get excited about.
Another thing that I’m thrilled about for this project is that I found six pieces of a cotton blend fabric in my stash. It was folded and I did not know that it was 45″ wide by approximately 12 or so inches. Thus when I unfolded and saw that it was pieced I was bummed out. Then it happened . . . I got an idea. What would it look like if I joined the fabric panels with piping or even “fiping”. That’s what I have decided to call fake piping. I am sure there is a word for it because Rochelle, of Lucky Lucille told me about it.
I cut 1″ strips of the bed sheet fabric (the part used for the skirt) and sewed them between sheets of the fabric to be used for the bodice and pressed the seams down. Voila! I had a sheet of fabric large enough to cut out the bodice front and back. Having a thing for the asymetrical and diagonal shaping I laid out the fabric so that it would be diagonal versus horizontal, but in a random way. My thoughts are that this strip of fabric will pull the outfit together. Since I had portions of the strips left over I am going to trim the sleeve edges with it. I just may also trim the edge of the bodice back with these strips too.
Having promised to share the good bad and ugly I went ahead and posted close-ups of my swirl dress. Another thing I need to learn is how to sew an even top-stitching line. Hey, practice makes perfect and I’m up for more practicing. Can anyone say, “More fabric, please?” I am happy that I thought out of the box and made fabric” by means of the fiping.
My two-toned swirly girl will make her all starched up debut in January when I attend my first “Ladies Afternoon Tea Party”. I am sew excited to have been invited. Come back and visit and check out my swirl dress! I will be sure to get a full length shot.
Two-toned Swirl Dress Eye Candy from the original Swirl Dress Sew-A-Long:
These sewing sisters are beau coup sew talented! I was in the company of greatness with that sew-a-long.
The Swirl Dress Sew-a-Long was a blast. Here is my first swirl dress. Trust me, this dress is addicting and oh so easy to make. Stay tuned as I complete another Lyrically styled Swirl dress for the Make A Garment A Month Challenge. There will be more from me and Tabitha, the hand crank sewing machine.