Continuing the frock theme I have made my last item for my cruise... well I still have tomorrow to pack before sailing on Monday, so made in plenty of time!
I chose to make the Named Clothing Kielo Wrap Dress. Like a few others I first saw this dress at the Sewist's High Tea. I think Donna sold a few of us on the pattern that day. I was concerned how it would work on me as I have not got Donna's height and the pattern is drafted for 5'8". Well... I needed a dress to take on the cruise for one of the formal nights so with some lovely green stretch crepe in the stash, this pattern will be perfect to pack and (hopefully) to wear.
I shortened the dress for my height at two places - approximately knee height and thigh/hip height. Apart from that the only change I made to the pattern was to sew the armholes a little higher (about an inch) as this fabric is quite heavy and pulls the dress down and I didn't want my bra strap to show.
The dress is a simple one to make (great last minute make). Saying that though I seemed to have some difficulty - I cut and sewed the ties (laces on the pattern) three times, as I sewed them the wrong way twice before working out what I was doing wrong - folding the piece the wrong way - rookie mistake! The only other difficulty was sewing the armhole and neckline hem, It is folded twice and sewn with a very narrow hem. I followed the instruction and turned and sewed twice to make it easy. I used my walking foot and moved my needle across so it naturally sewed the fold edge while keeping the folded fabric easily under the foot.
This is how I ma thinking of accessorising the dress. My blue-green wrap if the evening is cool and my new tan shoes... or maybe black shoes to look more formal? I shall let you know how it wears...
Ciao kittens, sailing on Monday so not sure when I will blog next. :)