When I started sewing garments and reading blogs last year, everyone was participating and I was too new to sewing and still losing weight, so I didn't enter. But this year I am definitely in!
I've had a pinboard since Julia announced the challenge in January. I pinned loads of dresses and patterns, but only a couple really stuck in my head.
I have finally chosen the dress i am going for. I was keen to pick something I would definitely wear in future - much as I love a Joan-style wiggle dress or a full-skirted Betty frock complete with petticoats, they aren't all that compatible with my usual daily life or work/ commute/ sit on floor playing dolls with 4 year old!
So it was always going to be one of Peggy's dresses for me. I need it to be a bit cake like - not totally frosting! I love her peter pan collars and subtle patterns or solids. I also wanted one that I haven't seen too many different versions of. So I picked this one:
|Source: Vanity Fair|
|Source: Pattern Review|
I bought the pattern planning to do Scruffy Badger's sewalong but the pattern was out of stock until mid February and I ran out of time. I'm thinking view E bodice with the short sleeves (on view A) - the slightly lower neckline will work better for me. And I'll draft a skirt. I have found a tutorial for the pleats and inserting the contrast panels.
You can see on this one that it's actually navy rather than black as I had originally thought:
And on this image, the cute buttoned side tabs are clearer - ideal that NL 6000 has a centre back zip. Although I am now taking a closer look and realising the side tabs are actually a belt!
Can anyone help on how big the skirt should be? Am thinking maybe a half circle? I also need to choose fabric. Would you go for a stable knit or a woven (as the pattern works for wovens or doubleknits)? Would the pleats work in a knit or would I be better to go for a woven? Any help/ advice much appreciated!
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