Hello stitchers! It’s time to get back to our wonderful HP shift dress! Today’s entry is our longest. Are you ready to OWN IT?
My maternal grandmother passed in 2004, and I was fortunate enough to be with her at that time. She met my daughter, then just four months old. As my children grew, I began to wish very much my grandmother was still with me. I remember she asked me, after I had my daughter – the first great-grandchild – “Are you nursing?” What a wonderful woman.
I now carry two things of my grandmother’s: a platinum ring, and her 1950 Singer 15-91.
Well and, arguably, an irascible nature.
So yeah, it’s full of pockets. Five, all hidden. My grandma would approve. She was a li’l shady. There’d be a pack of cigarettes in one of these pockets, too. I smoked for seventeen years before quitting, so now I keep my phone there instead.
The waist patch pockets are lined and affixed by fell stitch. Even with a super-closeup, they are hard to see!
The coat features a 2″ padded hem, with an interlining and full satin lining:
The lining is semi-quilted – quilted in chevrons in the upper back, for stability and ease of wear:
Black buttons ala bakelite! No nonsense. I also liked the idea of a tidy collar, so I put some teeny tiny 3/8″ buttonholes in the collar:
My grandmother’s hair was waist long; she never wore it down, ever. In her later years she spent lots of money keeping it platinum. I can’t do platinum today, but I am doing my best, and thinking of her fondly.
Wow – December is already here! I hope, if you celebrate the holiday, that you are finding peace and serenity during what can be a very intense time of year! I know it can be difficult to sew for yourself this time of year. If you are joining me here to make yourself a holiday dress, a daywear dress, or just something special – good for you!
If you are here to make the dress as a gift – good for you, too! The sample dress I’m showing here, is going to be pressed and off to a friend just before Hanukkah. I hope she likes it!
So – who’s pumped to get started?
I am in love with the bamboo stretch french terry from Nature’s Fabrics. Just – in love. So far I’ve made my family several hoodies, I’ve made hoodies for clients, and today I debut a little toddler fox outfit (from the fabulous Max & Meena MEGAMAX raglan in 2T/3T, and the Alex & Anna PJs in 3T) – along with a hand-crotcheted beanie.
All the threads are color-coordinated to look good both on the outside of the garment…
… and the inside! Shown below – the waistband (elastic enclosed) at left – the hood lining at right:
Who knows how much holiday sewing I’ll be doing – for clients, for friends, for family. Life has been incredibly busy lately – supporting my daughter in her first 15 credit quarter at school, taking on more web design, and taking care of a full household!
I hope you are staying warm, safe, healthy and happy.
First of all, thank you, stitchers. Thank you for your emails and texts, and your very helpful feedback – like Kristine, who posted a bit about Bootstrap 8 1/2″ by 11″ assembly (thank you, Kristine!). Remember, I am here to help you if you get stuck!
So there’s no time like the present, to get started! Am I right?
For the winter!
This project was a teensy bit challenging – but when has that stopped me? My friend wanted a princess-seamed vest in outerwear fabrics – not too shiny, with rainbow motifs and a vintage feel. For the shell I chose a water-resistant nylon packcloth from the lovely RockyWoods, and underlined with two layers – a polyfleece, and a high-loft winter underlining medium.
The collar has only a one underlining fabric in fleece, to keep bulk down. Facings around hem, neckline, and front placket.
The rainbow section of the vest was first carefully pressed (pressing a nylon fabric isn’t super fun), then crackstitched to a muslin underlay, before applying to the rest of the garment. If I hadn’t put this underlay in, you’d be able to see some of the seam allowances too starkly.
I’m a big fan of an underlap. You can make it from something cute if you like – a contrast fabric or even a pieced rainbow placket. Whatever you like. Here, I chose the burgundy for underlap, inner collar, hem facings, and placket facings.