Hit the ground running

I did nick off to warmer climes, as mentioned in last past. For which I whipped up a sleeveless Vogue 8280 – which had a ridiculous amount of fussy convolutions to make those shoulder straps. Bored already. Moving on!

Came home to the tail end of Spotlight’s 40% off sale. Felt obliged to stop by. Glad I did.

A while ago Moggy lent me a few patterns because I wanted something with drapey details for some silk I’d picked up. Nothing came of that idea, but the combo of just-purchased cheap cotton stretch sateen and post-holiday chutzpah, I launched with gusto into Butterick 8116.

Sateen’s in the background. Have you sewn with this stuff yet? I love it. It’s thick with a lovely matte sheen, the stretch makes it super easy to sew and wear, plus Spotty’s doing quite well with the retro prints. Some examples of other frox made with it are Kristy’s KILLER New Look 6968 (confession: I bought some of this print in the sale too, despite not generally liking pink or digital splotchiness, but Kristy inspired me) and Adey’s cheongsam of delightfulness. The moral of the story is Get Thee Some Stretch Cotton Sateen.

Anyway. Enough rambling and pontificating. Here’s the frock.

I frankensteined the balloony skirt mentioned here after initially considering drafting up a straight skirt with fishtail at back. The change of mind occurred when I saw I could use up every last piece of the fabric with a full skirt – nose to tail eating is very satisfying. I also took a little more time with the details, and I’m glad I did – my hand-picked zipper is just lovely. Virtually invisible.

I know lots of folks are hiding zippers in side seams these days, but I’ve learned the hard way that it doesn’t work for me. Due to my spinal curve, I’m a bit asymmetrical and I can never get side zips to sit right – all they do is emphasise my twistiness. Great to know that I can put in an old-skool metal centred zip so subtly. And it really didn’t take that much longer.

Another shot in better light to show those spiffy bodice folds, and better shows the deflated balloon skirt… I’m calling this frock Florigenius after the company who tried for years and years to make a blue rose, and a purple cabbage-lookin’ thing is the best they could do…

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9 thoughts on “Hit the ground running

  1. Hey there,

    I’ve been reading your blogs for a while now but haven’t commented before now as I am a complete novice at sewing. But I read your posts and look at your completed dresses with complete envy, as a fellow vintage style enthusiast with neither the wallet nor measurements to buy it!

    However I have been learning a lot from your posts and am now starting to share my sewing with my readers. I’ve certainly picked up tips from you so hopefully I can one day be making dresses as gorgeous as the one above!

  2. Cor, why haven’t I made that pattern yet? Guess I will be soon! And it won’t be too surprising to know I bought that self same sateen in that self same sale… better post it hadn’t I? I cheated and didn’t use a zip – ‘ray for stretch wovens!

  3. Gorgeous – just the right fabric for that pattern. I raced down to my local spotty to score some of that fabric as soon as the 40% off sale started but sadly they were all out. So I consoled myself with way too much ponti and some bright red printed cotton sateen instead!

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