Monday, June 27, 2011

Tiki Dress Update

I learned a valuable lesson about Simplicity Retro patterns while sewing my "tiki dress". Even-though Simplicity patterns are "retro" and "vintage" they do not follow the "retro" and "vintage" sizing that the other companies use to reprint vintage patterns. I followed the measurements and cut out the correct size. But, like I do to allll the other vintage/reproduction patterns I sew I added 2 inches to the bodice and to the length because of my height. Come to find out, I did NOT need to add to the bodice at all. So now I have to figure out what to do with the dress. The zipper is already in (I didnt notice the sizing issue until the final fitting) but alas, I think I may have to take out the zipper and shorten the bodice.

Oh! I also ripped out the boning because it was not sitting correctly. I may put it back in after I fix the bodice length issue. Stay tuned for the final product (if I ever get to it!)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tiki Dress...

I have started making my tiki wrap dress for the Saturday Night Stomp that is less than a week away. (I know, I am a procrastinator). I splurged on the Simplicity Retro pattern that I had been jonsing after for quite sometime. It is Simplicity Pattern 4559 (pictured below) I am adding 2" to the length of the bodice and skirt length due to me being so dang tall. :)

I saved money on the dress by purchasing discount bin fabric from Hancock Fabrics. The fabric was only $2 a yard but fit the tiki vibe so perfectly I couldn't pass it up (also pictured below). I hope to have pictures up by Sunday of the finished dress. Otherwise I will need to find another dress to wear! Tiki drinks here I come!