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SWAP Review #4: The Dress

September 20, 2012

So, despite my best intentions, I was not able to enter this year’s SWAP contest at Stitcher’s Guild. I got most of the sewing done, with some modifications to the plan but promptly got sick and wasn’t able to finish taking photos in time to submit them.

I still want to work through the items I made though. This year’s SWAP involved creating two iterations of the same article of clothing or even the same pattern when possible for several items and then creating a few other items as well.

I was supposed to make 2 dresses but I only got one done. The other version of the pattern was a definite wadder but I have managed to give it a second lease on life as a swimsuit cover up.

This dress was inspired by Diane von Furstenberg’s Maja Dress, made famous by the Duchess of Cambridge who has worn it on several occasions.

Hers was green silk but my budget was slightly smaller than would allow for that – and besides I wanted to be inspired by the dress, not to copy it outright.

The pattern I found for the basic shape was Butterick 5211. It’s a Fast & Easy dress with a straight cut and a boat neck at the front like the Maja dress.

I found navy acrylic with a vaguely Rajasthani print on it (okay I thought it reminded my of the Rajasthani prints I was shown in India but I expect it is lacking something key) and I bought flat silver buttons rather than the flat gold ones of the original.

I did a muslin in which I used the same neckline in  the front but trimmed the neckline to a point at the back and added fabric to overlap for buttons rather than the zipper in the original pattern.

I played with darts for a bit trying to recreate the slight bagginess of the original pattern but I didn’t have much luck. I could not tell if the dress had dolman sleeves or not but I suspect it does and my set in version ensured a slightly different shape.

The dress is also completely lined.

Here is the front:
And here is the back:


SWAP 2012 plan

January 4, 2012

So, I wasn’t planning to do the Stitcher’s Guild SWAP 2012 because I didn’t think I could pull it off and I already have lots of NSOs (Not Started Objects) that I figured I should focus on instead of buying a pile of new fabric and trying madly to make new things.

* A non started object is one in which I have been inspired to buy fabric and a pattern – maybe even buttons or zippers as well – but that’s as far as it’s gotten. They aren’t unfinished, I haven’t even started them.

…but then I crept over and read the rules: choose 7 different types of garment to make. Make 4 of them twice, either using the same pattern or a different one.

Since I know I need to spend more time working on fitting patterns and building some go-to patterns, this year’s SWAP is doable for me. It will also allow me to work through my stash and NSO pile.

Here’s the Stash Busting NSO Plan

Clothing Item 1. Trousers: Vogue 1051 ( done twice, once in brown, once in black)
Clothing Item 2. Button Down shirt with collar: McCalls 6122 NSO
Clothing Item 3. Dress: Butterick 5211 (done twice, once View B NSO and once modelled on the DvF dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge last spring NSO)
Clothing Item 4: Blouse McCalls 5661 (done twice, once short sleeved, once long sleeved NSO)
Clothing Item 5: Suit Coat twice, Simplicity 4014 in black NSO and Vogue 8543 in white
Clothing Item 6: T-shirt McCalls 6078 NSO
Clothing Item 7: Skirt Vogue 7397

Item 7 is already made. I am allowed to have one that is. It was the last thing I sewed before we moved and I will blog it soon.

As you can see, many of these items are NSOs so if I can get this SWAP done I will be finally close to up to date on my sewing.

If I have it worked out right, I may not need to buy any fabric at all – well maybe some lining and interfacing.

Here goes nothing.