A Marvelous Dress*

Oh my poor neglected blog…

Let’s see a new dress shall we…and by “new” I mean from April…

This is the face I made when my husband asked if I was really going to wear my new dress to work:

Duh!

This creation is a mashup of two fabulous Indie pattern designer dress patterns: Sew Over It’s Betty Dress and Jennifer Lauren Handmade’s Laneway Dress that I was lucky enough to pattern test near the end of last year.

Fully lining the dress gave me a good chance to test out the fit and pattern combo before cutting into my precious fabric. Harriet clearly agreed, as usual she took her supervisory role very seriously, testing both fabrics thoroughly for comfort!

As with most full skirted patterns the quilting fabric wasn’t wide enough for the full swing of the side seam so I had to piece the corners. I had just enough fabric to pattern match my triangles on the front skirt piece but the back and to be unmatched…not that anyone will notice!

Sewing Avengers ASSEMBLE!

I usually cut my pockets from the lining fabric but to make them extra stealthy on this dress I cut them from the dress fabric so they blend right in. I don’t need to tell you that pockets are great so of course secret pockets are even better!

I went for a black invisible zipper at the back to blend in with the character outlines. After I turned my lining out I just needed to decide on buttons for the front collar.

I saw some amazing wooden buttons on Etsy that had the Avengers ‘A’ on them but they were too big. I messaged another seller who said they could customise the size but they never got back to me. Later that week I woke up one morning with the sudden memory of buying covered button kits from a thrift shop.

 

I went digging through my stash. Only $1.00? No wonder I bought them! Plus they were the perfect size match for the star on Captain America’s shield.

And then I hit a snag…I do it every time. I buy a single spool of thread thinking that one day I’ll win the Thread Roulette game but so far I never have. Two long hems will do that!

But totally worth it, check out this twirl!

I do wear my dress to work…usually on a Friday but also on other days when I feel like it…The first Friday ended up having a surprise client meeting thrown in! Everyone loved it, but they’re used to my crazy dresses by now.

The way you dress has power over you. This dress makes me feel ridiculously happy and instantly lifts my mood. I want to twirl around and laugh at myself and that’s a good thing.

So, just for fun, here is a silly Hulk pose…with petticoat, of course.

THE DEETS:

Pattern –

Fabric – 

  • Marvel Kawaii All in the Pack Multi 100% Cotton from fabric.com, USD$6.38/yard, purchased July 2017
  • Lined in blue cotton poplin from Spotlight, $5.99/m

Other notions – $1.00 Self-covered button kit from Who Knows Where!, black invisible zipper, thread.

Did you like Hulk? Maybe I spend too much time playing around in Photoshop…

Or maybe not.

*See what I did there? 😉

 

 

7 thoughts on “A Marvelous Dress*

  1. Please don’t neglect your blog, we love your posts! They make me happy at least, and it is so nice to read about your beautiful projects. It is so inspiring.

  2. The dress is so much fun – and so are all the photoshops. Love a fandom outfit – just made my daughter a top and skorts from a similar looking knit from spotlight, but star wars characters that look like funkopops. There was a ‘rebel alliance’ goodies version and a ‘galactic empire’ baddies version!!

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