I had this crinkle fabric
..that I had wanted to use when I made the previous KS2599. But I ran into a problem. The 52″ wide, 2 yard long cut I ordered and received shrank in the pre-treatment. I always serge the ends and wash fabric when purchased just because I’ve had similar problems with fabrics before. There’s nothing like spending hours, days, weeks (month when tailoring) and then finding your garment destroyed in the first laundering. I’d rather find a fabric’s weakness before I even cut. The shrinkage was so much (10″ and 1/4 yard) that I didn’t have enough to make KS2599. Even placing cross grain, didn’t help. I collect pins to answer the question of “not enough fabric” but with the first dress I knew I would be fitting. I didn’t want to struggle with fitting and work on something creative/new at the same time. Not only is it likely to result in disaster but I’ve also had the experience of not being able to trust the fit which was the big purpose of Dress 1. Anyway, time passes. Other projects are completed; and I decide I want to make another dress. I pull out the fabric and start working with it…intensely. One thing I noted was the diamond pattern I saw in the ad and on the fabric, actually formed horizontal stripes. Well, like all my curvy sisters, I avoid horizontal stripes. I reason, I am short enough and fat enough without adding visual pounds with horizontal stripes. That’s my take on, you of course are entitled to your own opinion. Whatever makes you happy is my motto. Anyway, what to do with horizontal stripes? I still had a lack of fabric so cutting into pieces wasn’t going to work. Next idea, cut cross grain. Well that did work, but 42″ would not make my preferred maxi length (which is really just above ankle length so I can walk up and down stairs without tripping.). What to do? Pinterest to the rescue with these inspirations.
I knew I had in the stash the perfect remnant left from last year’s Christmas Dress! A short rummage to find it and I was read to cut.
Interesting thing, as I smooth the diamond fabric out to place the pattern pieces, it became far more than 42″ wide. I was only short about 4″. Terribly pleased with this development, I cut my pieces, serged the shoulders and finished the neckline. Suddenly an arrow went through my stomach. Really, I practically gasped when the thought cross my mind “Will this fabric continue to stretch while hanging?” Important because not only will it hand from my shoulders during wear, it will always be on a hanger when not in the laundry. It was such a startling thought, that I hung the dress in the sewing closet and went onto another project, the blue blouse with turquoise buttons. It probably hung for 48 hours. Turned out, that was a very good decision. It grew another 6″. I do wonder how much it will ‘shrink’ in the laundry. Crinkled fabrics tends to do that, you know.
But now I could check fit, which seemed OK
and start mucking about with the underpanel I planned based on the inspiration pics. I pinned and basted; basted and pinned. Tried on. Walked around. Moved the underpanel, up. Twice. Trimmed and finished an angled hem on the diamond fabric; then moved the underpanel back down. Finally feeling it was acceptable, I trimmed the excess from the panel and using the 3-needle CS, stitched the underpanel to the diamond dress
I loved the swishy factor
but there’s just something not right. I knew the fabric would be soft and a little floaty. Not like linen but not clinging the body like ITY or other knit. It felt wonderful (swish, swish) but looked…. sloppy. Sigh. I attempted to add a little shaping by adding elastic just above the waist. I do not like elastic as a fix. It is just too hard for me to get it in the right place and right gathering factor. I need to add elastic in the flat fabric stage, like before I even stitch darts. So, it is what it is which is at least a little more shapely
I am hoping time, the magic closet (and the swish factor) will convince me this dress is lovely in its own right, after all it is a cooling summer dress.