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February 4

Picking up the Macaron Redux Dress

It’s been AGES since I’ve even contemplated working on my Macaron Redux dress.  And as more time had passed, I’ve grown quite wary of the project since I really had no idea if the bodice even still fit me.  It is the month after Christmas and yummy holiday treats after all…

So before even picking up my pattern notes & such, I gently tossed the bodice over my head, peeled it down around me and was trilled that it still fit!  *hip hip*

What prompted me to work on this dress instead of anything else you may ask… The answer is Valentine’s Day.

I read through everyone’s awesome comments on my Cleaning the Slate post.  You know the post where I shared the insane amount of projects that are work-in-progresses.  I was strongly thinking about picking up the Gertie coat but then I read Gail‘s comment:

 Hahaha! I DO remember that red lace dress! I was wondering what happened to it! My vote is you start with that. (And then make Felix take you someplace special for Valentine’s Day!)

Gail’s comment was a fun, silly one but it just stuck with me.  So my new motivation for finishing up my Macaron Redux Dress is Valentine’s Day.

Felix and I don’t really *do* Valentine’s Day.  Felix and I will exchange little gifts, and oftentimes just have a quiet dinner at home (or a treasure hunt).  I don’t ever recall going out to eat on Valentine’s Day since it’s usually overcrowded and unpleasant.

But this year, before I even said anything about my dress, Felix asked me where I wanted to go for dinner on Valentine’s day.  *huh*  We decided to go out on Saturday, following Valentine’s day in hopes that it would be a bit less crazy.  (The place we’re going is a surprise apparently….)

Long story short, Valentine’s day is my new motivator for completing my old-new Macaron Redux dress.  Isn’t that exciting?!

I still have quite a lot of work to do on it, but I spent the great majority last week completing the hand stitching of the lace appliques on the bodice, stitching the side seams (also applique seams), attaching the cap sleeves, and finishing all of the seams.

Since I’m using couture sewing techniques, every step involves lots of basting, removing the basting, and basting some more….

I have silk organza stabilizing the armscye, and also the side seam for where the zipper will be inserted (amongst many more areas of the bodice…).  This is the bodice, right before I attached the cap sleeves.

Bodice, right side:

It’s kind of a hard picture to see…. but I have the sleeves stitched in and have finished the seam allowances with some nude silk charmeuse bias facings.  There’s nothing so stretchy as silk charmeuse on the bias, let me tell you!  But it does look ohh soo nice on the inside.

It took me 3 times to hand baste in each sleeve properly, so that the bottom edges of the scallops would be parallel to the floor instead of askew.  But for some reason I didn’t seem to mind unpicking them.  I think on any other dress I would have been frustrated and would need a break.

Truth be told, this is how much work I got done last week during the evenings; I haven’t even started to write about the work I did on the dress this past weekend.  I have gobs of more pictures to show you on the progress, I can’t wait.  :)

  1. Gail / Feb 4 2013

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see this finished – it’s going to look so pretty on you!

  2. PendleStitches / Feb 4 2013

    So pretty…worth all the work.

  3. Tasha / Feb 4 2013

    Aha I was right when I saw one of your pics of this on Instagram! :D What a fun motivator. It’s really going to be amazing when you’re done! I don’t really know anything about couture techniques but I do a lot of basting when I sew as I’ve learned it helps me be more accurate. lol

    Can’t wait to see more!

  4. Rochelle New / Feb 4 2013

    Oooooo I can’t wait to see this one finished! Gorgeous! A very appropriate Valentine’s day dress, indeed :)

  5. joelle / Feb 4 2013

    this is exciting! progress posts are always fascinating, even more so when it is such a beautiful dress made with so much care!

  6. Meli / Feb 4 2013

    This is going to be another masterpiece. I can’t wait!

  7. Sew Little Time / Feb 4 2013

    it’s going to be stunning! this was the dress that made me buy the macaron pattern so i really want to see it finished!

  8. Qui / Feb 4 2013

    Looks so beautiful Liz, can’t wait to hear more about it!

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  10. Emily S. / Feb 4 2013

    That dress will be absolutely gorgeous! I had to comment because it’s a beauty. :)

  11. Salma / Feb 4 2013

    This is so stunning!

  12. Sandra / Feb 4 2013

    Lovely dress. Looking forward to seeing it completed.
    Have you taken the Susan Khalje class on Craftsy?

  13. Meg the Grand / Feb 4 2013

    I cannot wait to see how you are progressing with this dress! I definitely remember all the work you put into it in the beginning, and I’m excited to see you finish it and wear it for Valentine’s Day!

  14. Carly / Feb 4 2013

    This dress is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the finished thing.

  15. Amanda / Feb 4 2013

    So pretty, Liz! I had thought of making a Macaron with a sheer overlay so I’m loving what you’ve got so far. It’s good to have motivation/deadlines sometime, and Valentine’s sounds like it fits the bill. :)

  16. Becky / Feb 5 2013

    It’s looking really good! And even though those couture techniques are so time consuming (I know, I’m doing the exact same basting/unbasting routine right now), it’ll make it look great at the end!

  17. Rebecca Howard / Feb 5 2013

    Seriously your Felix sounds like a great guy. Your dress is looking good too. Isn’t lace hard to sew. I’ve been using it for the first time in the bra sewalong with Amy from cloth habit and it sure is TRICKY. lumpy bits followed by almost nothing bits. Eeek. I have no idea how you managed to unpick the sleeves. I can’t see the stitches once I’ve sewn it up! Good luck.

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