Monday, September 9, 2013

Hurricane Kristine

While I'm waiting for the bridal appliques to arrive, I whipped up a cute A-line dress for myself with Simplicity 1651
 I used bodice B with the flared skirt.  I had 2 yards of the this lovely cotton sateen print from Haberman Fabrics. It appears to be a digital print, and when I saw it all I could think of was Monet.  A friend told me that it reminds her of a hurricane map. Hurricane Kristine, it is!
It has such beautiful shades of blue, purple and green. All I know is that it's very unique and once I saw it, I knew it had to come home with me. This purchase was made just prior to the fabric diet, by the way!

The pattern was great to work with. The instructions were good and the lines are lovely. One of these days I will remember to lengthen the bodice an inch. I swear, I know I should, and then before I know it, the fabric is cut, and I'm like, "Oops. I forgot. Again!?"  I used bias tape to finish the armholes, hand stitched it very discretely inside so the stitches wouldn't show through.
The peek-a-boo hole in the front was a little too "revealing" for me to be comfortable at work... It may not look like it in this pic below, but from a different angle (taller student, or me leaning over), it was pretty open.
So, I used a scrap of left over, and carefully "patched" the hole, and I think it's good. I don't think anyone looked at me today and thought, "Oh, that's supposed to be open."
 
I put this together pretty quickly, and I just love the fabric. It was so comfortable today, and I think it has a very flattering silhouette. I don't know if I'll make it again for myself, as the bodice is pretty unique, but I would love it in a solid with 3/4 sleeves!

UPDATE: The Chanel jacket is nearly finished! I just need to add the trim to the sleeves. So excited to finally wear one of my NYC fabrics... but, tomorrow's heat index is 104. Seriously. Michigan in September. Unreal.

11 comments:

SEWN said...

Oh it's a beautiful dress! Love the fabric and the bodice.

Lori said...

Gorgeous dress.

Gail said...

Clever work covering up the peek a boo! It's a great dress.

Linda said...

Lovely dress and I like your peek a boo fix!

Bunny said...

Great dress and it looks so pretty and comfortable. Can't wait to see this jacket!

Jennifer Churchill said...

Beautiful dress! I love the fabric.

Linda T said...

Great dress, and, yes, hurricane fabric! So pretty.

Gjeometry Catja said...

Very pretty dress, the fabric is gorgeous! I love how you patched the keyhole, it looks so good with all the seaming a great detail.

AllisonC said...

Really interesting neckline detail, even with a patch you can still see it and that fabric is fabulous.

sewmuch2learn said...

I have that pattern, stuffed somewhere amongst all of the other patterns. After seeing your dress you have inspired me to get it out and start sewing. I love the fabric!

cleartheway said...

Gorgeous! I love it! I'm so impressed you made it. Looks lovely.

Kate from Clear the Way