Sunday, April 08, 2007

Murphy's back ...

First off, Monkey Girl's dress has been finished and a review is posted over at PR. For those of you whose time is limited, here is a shot of her in all her glory: for those of you with sharp eyes, Mindy is wearing the beginnings of the Butterick twist top behind Monkey Girl ...

I thought that I had rid myself of that blasted Murphy's luck having read over at Gorgeous Things that Diva Ann's sewing life has been as bad as mine of late (only with much better stash and skill!). I was almost sure that Murphy was off visiting Ann and the Boston Irish when today, after Mass, I found that the sleeve piece for the Marfy dress has gone AWOL. I have searched but can't find it. So, just to spite Murphy and show him that he can't bother me anymore, I am not going to worry about it. I am going to be resourceful and use the armscye from a Marfy top I have already fitted and use that sleeve as a basis for the dress.

Here are the pattern pieces (minus the sleeve) laid out on the green linen look fabric I am using. The pieces are laid out to give an approximation of the finished product. It is not laid out on grain, as you can tell by the bodice piece, which is supposed to be on a CF fold. The side panels will be angled when laid out properly.

I am playing with the FBA on this one. I have to do one, that is without question. I also know that I don't want to sew the new dart, so do I close it out and leave it or do I rotate it to the existing dart and make it even bigger? I am going to do one bodice in each style and see which one I like better fit and style wise. Stay tuned for more!

As an aside, I went browsing for patterns online while the ham was cooking and found these two patterns.The first one, the mock wrap, has gotten rave reviews over at PR. I have been resisting the dress as I have other wraps in the pattern stash already. But a closer look showed me that this one has princess lines to it. That gives me many more options for customization. So, it is back on my buy list.The second one is a very close to being a knit version of the HP Bollywood dress (which I love and am going to be starting in about 2 weeks). I love that this is for a knit and the variety of looks in this one pattern. I can see me wearing this dress in most of its versions. What drew me to this dress was the waistline inserts. It can be plain, ruched or even have a waist twist on it. What is not to love about that? Sleeved, sleeveless and a wrap front option. I see almost my whole summer knit wardrobe for tops and dresses in this one envelope! All I need is some city shorts and bottoms and I am ready for summer! I have a number of woven projects on the board right now, but after those are done, this pattern is going to be on the table in all it's glory. Now all I need is some nice summer colours and prints ...

2 comments:

Mary Beth said...

Really Beatuiful Monkey Girl! Murphy lives at the Stitchery, too, more so when I'm tired. Bleh, he needs his own place! But your plan sounds good...muslin, mutter, mutter, muslin

Sunny said...

A question for you.... where online do you find beautiful knits for dresses, etc.? I live in a small town and none of the stores here are carrying cute knits this season. Ugh! Everything is linen look or sort of odd, East Indian looking stuff. Nothing appropriate for my 3-year-old neice to wear. And I can't find anything online. Any direction you can give would be great. You can reach me at onfabric@hotmail.com

Sunny -- oh yeah, I'm mostly a quilter and usually don't wander over into seamstressing land where there are scary things like darts and armholes and facings. :)