Sewing Success

I’m pretty excited about this.

I told you a couple of weeks ago that I was sewing again, and showed you some of the fabric I had cut out. There was this rayon print:
RayonPrintI cut out the short version of Vogue 8970.

Here’s my lovely assistant Nelly, showing it off.Vogue 8970 sewn by Deborah Cooke

It fits perfectly! I’m so happy with this dress. The fabric is a little sheer, so I’m going to cut out an underdress in black cotton voile. The skirt has a nice flare, which is tough to see since Nelly needs to work on her modelling skills.

My one trick was to baste the tucks and darts initially. I waited until I could try on the dress to check them, then adjusted them a bit before sewing them in. I decided to use black thread and flat-fell the seams because I thought it would look good – it does, but because the seams are curvy, it took longer than expected to get them sewn. The only thing was that I didn’t check the length before I cut – I always have to shorten dresses and never thought about checking it – and it’s a bit shorter than I’d like.

This may be my new go-to summer dress pattern. (For a long time, it was Vogue 1149.) I immediately cut out two more dresses from this pattern, both in the longer length. I finished the seam allowances differently on the one in the black rayon print. That extra 4″ of length is just perfect—here’s the second dress on lovely Nelly:

Vogue 8970 sewn by Deborah CookeI’ve already worn this one a few times.

The third is also cut longer and from a wonderful plum cotton print from the Victoria & Albert collection. I’ve been waiting for just the right pattern for it. Here it is – most of the birds are white but some are taupe:

purple cotton voile print

They had rayon dress weights on sale this past month, so I bought another crinkle rayon and will cut a fourth version of this dress.

A lot of dresses? Yes, but I love wearing dresses in the summertime. I’ll get a lot of wear out of these. I’ll wear this black one with a pullover sweater and boots in the fall, too.

The green dress also has mother-of-pearl buttons that I bought as an experiment. I was ordering charms for bookmarks from an online portal and saw the buttons—the bag of 100 buttons was less than $4, so I thought it worth a try. I love mother-of-pearl buttons and pay about $3 for a card of 3 buttons at the fabric store here. I was skeptical that the deal could be as good as it appeared to be, but the buttons came and they’re great. If I keep sewing, I might spring for the bag of 1000 buttons, which is $9 or something equally incredible.

I’m so happy to be sewing again. 🙂

Into every crafter’s paradise, though, some rain must fall. I’ve also been knitting on that grey pullover and got far enough down the body to string all the stitches on a length of wool and try it on. Here’s what it looks like:

Inspired by Bohus pullover knit by Deborah Cooke in Rowan Colourspun

I love the colours and the way the dark grey has some variation in it. My guess at the underarms was wrong, though, and it’s more snug through the bust than I’d like. So, I’ll be frogging back to add more stitches – and maybe move some from the sleeves to the body – then knitting down again. This is plain stockinette so it goes quickly. I’m not very discouraged about this, particularly as it looks so pretty. There’s still a lot of time to get it done in time to wear this winter.

What have you been crafting lately?