Posts Tagged ‘wadder’


Off to a Wedding with Anne Klein

August 25, 2011

So now that you’ve seen what I wore to one wedding this summer, here is the other dress I made.

I made Vogue 1223 by Anne Klein in New York. I usually like Anne Klein (particularly her shoes) and I was drawn to this dress because it looked light and airy, perfect for dancing at weddings. But, alas, in the end I didn’t like this dress as much as I thought I would. In hindsight I would say this had three causes.

1. The brilliant plan I  had to do it with two different fabrics and intentionally make the lining show as a flounce-like bottom layer failed to impress me when I basted it in place. This is likely because I did not add inches on each side of the skirt lining pieces to allow for the gathering that would make a fuller skirt and create the flounce look I was going for.

2. Because said brilliant plan was a flop, I did not get the visual impact out of the deep purple chiffon I used for the lining so the whole dress was a kind of pseudo lavender-grey non colour that kind of washed out my face.

3. I was in a hurry so I didn’t do a muslin first or do an FBA so it did not fit well in the bodice and was loose in lots of places I don’t usually need or want things to be loose

This is how it turned out.

I just don’t think it does me any favours.

I wore last summer’s Poor Decisions dress to the other wedding, and that was a good decision.


SWAP 2011: Wadder report

April 11, 2011

Well, I’m still behind on the SWAP. I plan to spend most of the next two weeks sewing in order to catch up. My record hasn’t been very good so far. I’ve spent a fair bit of time trying to come up with replacement items and I’ve had to back off on the Chado dress. It’s a Vogue Advanced and there’s no way I’m getting it done before the end of the month. I will do it though, just not for SWAP.

Here is my progress:

Item Success Wadder
Shirts 3 3
Bottoms 1 1
Dresses not started yet
Blazer not started yet

As you can see, I’m running at 50/50.

We’ll see how the next two weeks go.