Saturday, August 7, 2010
Ripped from the Pages...
New Look 6643, which is a variety of sleeveless sheath dresses with different necklines. I already owned it, and had it cut for a previous project (but hadn't used it yet). I used view A (with a small cap sleeve to produce fewer bra strap issues), and made the belt separately to be worn with or without (get more use out of the dress).
Fabric Warehouse in Warren, MI for $4/yd. If you live in the area and have some time to kill, wear your comfy shoes and dig in. It really is a warehouse, and everything is below $8/yd.
Bunny for giving me some great direction to achieve this look! I cut a 4" wide strip of the grey (60" across), and started at one end with a 1/4" wide stitched pleat. Then I marked 1/2" away from that line, made a fold, and stitched another 1/4" wide pleat. I repeated this process (for a long time) until I used up the entire width of the fabric (which was just a little bit more than I needed for my front waistband). I cut a 6" wide piece of black, placed it right sides together with the pleated belt, and stitched 1/2" seam allowance along the top and bottom, leaving the sides open. **Make sure you stitch all the pleats down in the same direction at top and bottom!** I turned it right sides out and pressed it, which left a band of black along the top and bottom. **Here's where the magic happens: Push the pleats in the opposite direction now, and stitch along the center. Voila! Isn't that so cool???** At this point, I decided to make the back waistband plain, solid black (phew, that was a lot of work!), so I cut a 6" wide band (60" wide) of black, and interfaced it. I roll hemmed the edges, and joined front to back at the right side seam. I used hooks and eyes for closures at the left side seam. Sorry, I didn't take any pictures while it was coming together, I was just too excited to see that it was working!