Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dress KnipMode 2010-10 / 103 finished

Finally my dress is finished. I have mixed feelings about it to be honest. There are good things and there are bad things. Or sort of bad. First some pictures:

 This is the linedrawing:

 First what I like:
- The construction.
- I love the fact that i't's a wrap-dress.
- I like the placement of the pleats.

What I don't like:
- The fabric. Now you will probably think: "..then why did you buy it?...". That's a fair question and I don't really have the answer. I liked it when I bought it but once it was a dress I could think only one thing: GRANNY'S DRESS. I think it's the fact that there's quite some brown in the print. I bought it actually for the purple but now it looks like the brown colour is the dominant one. Well, nothing I can change about that but it's a serious issue for me.
- The fact that the collar in the back is strangely constructed. They make you pleat the collar in the back and then fold over the cut-on facing. Only, the facing is way too narrow. It doesn't cover up the inside of the collar at all. I folded it so that at least in the middle I could attach the facing to the seam where the collar is attached to the back. But that way I'm forcing the collar in a way that it's not supposed to and that shows, at least on the inside. Luckily it doesn't really show on the outside but it's just looking strange on the inside. I can't figure out what I did wrong so I guess it's a fault in the pattern. Can happen.

If I would make this dress again than I would lower the waist only 2 cm and not my usually 4 cm.  (And fix that collarproblem of course!).

More pictures:

                 The draping at the neck              

Mid-centre backseam of the collar

I think I can save this dress with the right accessories. The kind Granny wouldn't wear.
Some darkbrown velvet high-heeled boots would be great. Mmm....time to go shopping then.
That's it for now. I'm far from productive, sewing-wise. I hope things will take a turn for the better soon.
At least now I can go planning for my next project. I have various options and will let you know soon what I decided.
For now, have a very nice weekend everyone!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

New fabric and a great KnipMode-idea

Yesterday I went to a special fabric-fair close to my hometown. A big one and only held a few times in a year. I had a busy agenda but I managed to spend 1,5 hour there. I saw some great fabrics. It was a pity that the weather didn't cooperate (lots of rain!) but that meant there weren't too many people about so no pushing and waiting for your turn. It wasn't good though for the market traders. And boy, were they complaining. I mean, a lot!

But I went home with a very, very happy face. Here are my goodies:

A purple bouclé. Soft and great for a vest. (Don't mind the 20 cm-zipper). The fabric is more purple than shown in this picture.
A beautiful jersey with a print and velvet pattern. The background of the print is black, not grey. The black stripes are the velvet parts. Great dress-fabric.

These two fabrics just belong together. They 'complete each other', so to speak. The darkgrey fabric is a very soft knit, perfect for a top and the houndstooth is a jeansfabric, for a pencilskirt. I love pencilskirts!

 A quite simple, darkblue knit. Great top-material.

You can't go wrong with a thinly striped jersey. If it could speak the fabric would say: I want to be a casual top. Please?

This is a jeans fabric. The lighter grey spots are actually darker, but they're a bit shiny, so I guess that's why the camera lights them up a bit. This is also gonna be a pencilskirt. Well, what can I say..I'm a secretary. Got to live up to the expecations, right?

That's all the fabric that came home with me. The bags became too heavy and my time was limited. But I am very happy with my purchases and have a whole lot of new inspiration and ideas to dream about.

If someone is wondering what happened to the knitdress I was making? Well, this post was supposed to be about that dress but it's not finished yet. Almost, but not completely. And it has some serious issues. In my next post I'll share them with you.

And now.....can I have a drumroll please?......

KnipMode december 2010 has a big poster in the middle of the magazine displaying ALL the linedrawings from the 2010-magazines. Sorted by dresses, jackets, trousers, tops etc. It's an amazing and wonderful idea.
Just think about it: you're looking for a nice jacket. Take a look at the poster and within 15 seconds you have scanned all the patterns of jackets of 2010. Just take your pic.
Now, does that save time or what!


Have a nice weekend.Talk to you again soon.