I already had some cheap fabric in mind, this time sourced from a charity shop in Cheddar. My fabric came in the form of a delightful double bed sheet, giving me lots to work with. I fell in love with the design immediately, having a 1960's - 1970's feel to it. The greens and blues are really quite striking, the photograph doesn't do it justice. If anyone knows the era of this fabric, I'd love to know!!
|Rather retro looking. It cried out to me to be made into a glorious dress!|
After diligently cutting the fabric out (there is still enough left to make another dress at least), I got cracking on whipping this beauty up. What I loved about the New Look 6184 pattern was the pleating on the bodice neckline. I was worried my sewing skills wouldn't match up to this particular task, but using my fabric pen, I was amazed it turned out relatively well. Another skill to add to my belt.
I had already mastered (okay, slight exaggeration) the invisible zipper, but this pattern required something called a lapped zipper. New to me! Following some rather handy YouTube videos and using my trusty sewing book, I managed to complete it, to what I felt was a pretty good standard. I used a 22 inch dress zipper in white.
|Pleated neckline :)|
|My 'lapped' zipper|