At the American Sewing Expo a couple weeks ago I was surrounded by all kinds of inspiration, gorgeous fabrics and trims, and fashion everywhere. I really wanted to make something new for myself and it struck me that I could really use a flattering easy to wear, easy to travel with black dress. It's such a cliche, but cliches become cliches for a reason.
So, now I just had to find the perfect black fabric.
There were several excellent fabric stores with booths at the show. The first one I visited had a fabric that might work. I wanted to show it to the Deborah at the Simplicity booth (just 3 booths away), but they would only give me the teeny tiniest swatch ... grrr. But, Deborah could tell, at least, that it had a kind of diagonal gaberdine weave to it. She said that could give a really strange effect on a dress with princess seams running from top to bottom. So, I looked some more and found a really nice feeling double knit. Now this booth had a half yard remnant under the cutting table they let me take to show Deborah. She said it would work fine, even though the pattern calls for a woven fabric, not a knit.
Now that I've worked with this fabric, I want you all to know about it. It's great to sew and even better to wear. I want to try one of those dresses with color breaks in them using 2 or 3 colors of this stuff. The polyester and spandex make it a practical fabric and the 30% Rayon makes it feel like a real fiber, not plastic. Hmmm, maybe a jacket for travel.
I had to do a bit of adjusting since I was using a knit with a pattern developed for a woven.
Read all about the making of this dress in these three blog posts.
Cutting the dress
Fitting the dress
Finishing the dress