So named because it is so boring that it might induce narcolepsy. No darts, no shaping, a single button-and-loop closure in the back — were it not for the in-seam pockets I might have died of ennui. And the color does not help, but the dress came out as a nice neutral and I will surely get quite a bit of wear out of it. I think the fabric is raw silk — easy to sew, nice drape and weight, but it wrinkles the second I look at it.

 

I followed the instructions slavishly this time, right down to pinking the seam allowances instead of serging them.  The one modern change I made was in the underarm seam — instead of stabilizing with twill-tape I used this:

A wonderful Japanese fusible bias tape from Judy Barlup at Unique Techniques.

It fuses to areas that you want to support, but since it is bias it shapes well for armholes, neckines, etc.

 

No big surprises this chapter, but good reminders of important techniques. Directional staystitching all over the place, with helpful advice on order of construction, when and how to press, and general good sense. One puzzling thing — Miz B does not tell you to interface the neck facing. I think that’s because she figures we aren’t up to it yet, not a style or fashion choice, so i went ahead and interfaced it.

I wanted to add a picture of the way I will usually wear it but it came out freakishly blurry. Still, you get the general idea.

This is about five inches shorter than I normally wear my skirts but I worried that if I went past-the-knee in this shapeless industrial gray smock-like dress people would mistake me for an escaped mental patient.


Coming up next — I am to sew a jerkin, after figuring out what a jerkin is.

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