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April 12

Nautical Dress: Cutting in Progress

I feel bad that I’ve been M.I.A. for the better part of the week.  I’ve had a busy work schedule and I haven’t had much time for anything else.  Over the last few days I’ve managed to cut a piece out here and there for my Nautical Dress and last night I was able to cut nearly everything else (except the contrast sash).

Talk about mega plaid matching!!!

When I was initially laying out my pattern pieces I thought I was barely going to make do with the amount of fabric I had.  And in the middle of cutting I had cut two pieces incorrectly which was a major “I SUCK” moment.  I set them aside hoping I could use my two miss-cut pieces for another part of the dress like the bodice or the sleeves.  Last night I was able to!  hip hip!

Fast forward to now: I have all my pieces cut out with fabric to spare!  I’m blaming that on my awesome shortness. *Wooot*  I laid out the pattern pieces of the skirt at their full height when I was guestimating my yardage, but in the end I cut my skirt pieces with 6″ less length at the hem.  This means I have some 3/4 to a yard of fabric left over to play around with for my sleeve layout and even possibly a matching belt.

The image below is all of my skirt pieces (save 1) and my front bodice:

Isn’t the chevron-y pattern awesome?!  I’m soo happy with how the pieces ended up.  Each and every seam matches all around the skirt and even on the bodice.  Let’s just hope I’m able to sew them all with the same accuracy I did with cutting.

My plan to finish on time? 

  • Thursday: Basting all of the vertical seams to let them hang over night.  Stitching for-real the darts on the bodice.  Aaaaand if I’m lucky, stitching for real the shoulder seams with some stabilization.
  • Friday: Stitching all of the vertical seams for-reals & construct neckline sash.
  • Saturday: Joining the bodice to the skirt, work on 2nd fitting, set in sleeves, more fitting, inserting a waist-stay because this dress is gonna be heaaavy, and then add-on the neckline sash.  Let it hang overnight!
  • Sunday: Insert the side-seam lapped zipper (on the bias??? eeep!) & the dreaded hemming.

Am I missing anything?  Oh yeah, I have to find some time to eat lunch and dinner…  heh

  1. Jane / Apr 12 2012

    That’s looking great! I love all the effects you can do with stripes – it’ll be so worth it when you’re done!

  2. Lauren / Apr 12 2012

    Ahhh that is going to look AMAZING! Can’t wait to see it sewn up :)

  3. Sue / Apr 12 2012

    I’m loving the way this looks with all the chevrons! It’s going to be an incredible dress – can’t WAIT to see!!!!!!

  4. gail / Apr 12 2012

    This is going to be amazing!

  5. Ginger / Apr 12 2012

    This is going to be so cool! I’m really excited!

  6. Stephanie / Apr 12 2012

    Looks like it’s going to be fabulous!

  7. Sassy T / Apr 12 2012

    A work of art. Absolutely love the fabric. Can’t wait to see it. Take your time.

  8. Elizabeth / Apr 12 2012

    So exciting, it’s going to be AMAZING. So stripey!!!

  9. Liz / Apr 12 2012

    Thanks you guys!

    I’ve done a bit of research over lunchtime about working with bias and metalic fabrics… and as it turns out I don’t think I need to baste 1x and then stitch for real. I can just do it all in one go if I stretch the fabric lightly and use some tissue paper underneath while sewing.

  10. Tilly / Apr 12 2012

    Oh wow, this looks like it’s going to be an awesome dress! The fabric looks so cool laid out on the floor like that. I’m little too, so hear you with the fabric saving phenomenon – great, isn’t it?! Hmm… maybe I’ll get to see this dress in real life soon… ;)

  11. Meg / Apr 12 2012

    This dress and all the fabulous stripes = gorgeous! I am truly excited to see this all put together!

  12. Charity Shop Chic / Apr 13 2012

    Wow… I bow down to your pattern matching skills (and patience!). This dress is going to be absolutely epic when it’s done.

  13. Kerry / Apr 13 2012

    Looking good already – love the chevrons

  14. Maria / Apr 13 2012

    Wow, you are so talented and inspiring. I love the fabric you chose. It’s gorgeous. I think the dress is going to be stunning!

  15. Claire Jain / Apr 13 2012

    I’m so glad that you were able to reuse your miscut pieces. I find myself in that situation all too often. I’m glad it worked out :-D

  16. Rochelle New / Apr 14 2012

    It’s going to be SO awesome!! I love a nice full skirt on a dress :)
    Can’t wait to see!!

  17. Rachel @ be.mine / Apr 15 2012

    Woow. That dress is going to be amazing.

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