Okay, first things first:
Oh. My. Lord.
I thought a few folks might want a serious iron upgrade, but I truly had No Idea!
It's so fun to see my blogland friends in there with so many new Commenteers!
I do hope you newbies will keep visiting me and say hi whenever you have the time!
If you haven't entered yet there's still time!
Now... on to something craftier!
Well here is another example for a garment with piped seams a la the grande tutorial of yesterweek.
This was conceived as an Homage to the adorable Blirt (blouse'n skirt look but in a one piece dress) made by Dorie at Tumbling Blocks.
The empire waist kind of killed the blirt-y illusion, but dress is very pretty and comfortable. Made from linen blend from Sew Mama Sew and a rescued vintage curtain, it gave me a bit of a work out dealing with combining fabrics that have a disparite drape and weight. There were many seams that required multiple basting attempts to get the fall I wanted.
In this situation I am not sure if the piping trim is helping or hurting the structure of the dress.
And I need to find a better alteration for dolman sleeves and my slightly sloping shoulders, or are they supposed to do this? Double stick tape? I'm open to suggestions.
I think I'm going to add little lingerie snaps in the shoulders to keep all my undergarments out of sight when I wear this one.
3/4 yard new linen: 10.00
rescued vintage drapery from thrift store: 3.00
homemade piping from thrifted bias tape and sting .50
3/4 yard lining fabric 3.50
Total dress cost:17.00
Not my cheapest but a pretty decent frock for the buck. My biggest regret was not doing a lapped zipper. It was just beyond my sewing courage level to combine the corded seams and the new lapped zipper skillz into one dress.
Maybe Mrs. Home Maker is right and looking stylish for less can be easy if you sew for yourself.