Project Run & Play Season 5 has begun and I am again participating in the sew along group! The Week 1 Challenge is a remix of Katy's (of No Big Dill) A Very Biased Skirt pattern. It's a gorgeous skirt with layer after layer of bias cut fabric strips sewn around. I present my remix design.....Neon Sophisticate.
I decided to make a dress because my daughter prefers them to skirts. I used McCall's pattern M5458 view B, a pullover style dress with elastic casings under the chest and on the sleeves. I made some alterations to the pattern to change the style and improve the fit. For dress fabric I chose a brushed-cotton, tartan flannel and a hot pink chiffon for the bias cut pleated ruffles.
|Source: The McCall Pattern Company|
Had I known the neckline on this dress would turn out wide and baggy, nothing like the photograph on the envelope, I may have chosen a different pattern. My daughter is very narrow in the shoulders and it looked like she was wearing an off the shoulder peasant top! To make it fit, I gathered the neckline in the front and back just enough to keep the dress on her shoulders, and sewed a strip of double fold bias cut fabric around the neckline to hold it all in place.
For a more tailored look, I opted to add cuffs to the sleeves instead of elastic.
Unlike the inspiration skirt, I chose to make pleated ruffles with my bias cut fabric strips. I eyeballed my pleats, pinning them directly to the dress and sewing right down the center.
A few more shots.....
I even learned how to tie a tie!
You can't have a new dress without some fun accessories! In keeping with the bias cut theme, I made this easy-peasy hair bow. I cut two different sized rectangles of fabric on the bias, stacked one on top of the other, and wrapped them with a bias cut strip. Put in a few stitches to hold together, hot glue to a barrette, and done!
If you follow me on Google+, you have seen these Day-Glo tights before.
They used to be plain, white and boring. Did you know that you can permanently dye nylon tights with food coloring just like wool or silk? Nylon has a similar structure to protein fibers, so it can also be dyed with acid dyes. If there is interest, I would be happy to write a tutorial.
I'll leave you with one last photo. This little guy came to visit while we were photographing the dress. Who says turtles are slow? He ate that entire slice of bread in the fifteen minutes we were in the backyard!