Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Never Weave Me Dress

I don't remember where or when I first came across the Cat's Cradle dress pattern by Decades of Style, but when I saw it I was immediately struck by the intricate neckline. I loved how unusual the design was, so I had to give it a go!

The details:
Fabric: Another mystery op-shop find! Possibly rayon, but I'm not great with fibres.
Notions: Black trim
Pattern: Bodice from the Cat's Cradle dress by Decades of Style, skirt from the Nicola dress by Victory patterns.
Size: 34" in the Cat's Cradle, and size 8 in the Nicola skirt
Special touches and alterations: Added 0.5cm to the bodice length at the shoulders, and another 0.5cm at the waist. Adjusted the pleat placement on the skirt to match the darts on the bodice.
I had a look through my stash and found this great slinky floral fabric I'd picked up in an op-shop a few years ago. I decided that with the fluid fabric, I wanted to try a more streamlined skirt than the flared one that the Cat's Cradle pattern came with. I considered doing a straight pencil skirt, but settled on the tulip-type wrap skirt of the Nicola dress. I love the extra movement it has. I measured up the waistline of both patterns to make sure they matched up in size, and shifted the pleats on the Nicola skirt slightly so that they matched up to the darts on the Cat's Cradle bodice. I'm really happy with the result, I think the hack worked well and the bodice and skirt look great together!
Creating the neckline involved gluing the trim to a piece of tearaway stabiliser, stitching it in place, and then tearing away the stabiliser. It was a bit fiddly but quite an enjoyable process! I only wish I had used a softer trim - the one I chose is like a black ribbon, so it is a bit stiff and doesn't sit against the body as well as I would have liked it to. If I was to make it again I would make sure the trim was more drapey.
I have worn this only a few times so far because it has one annoying little problem I really need to fix - when I sit down the skirt likes to droop to the sides and open right up, flashing everything up to my belly button! Eeek! Luckily I realised this early on the first time I wore it, and was careful to hold everything in place as I sat down after that. I think a couple stitches should be enough to hold everything closed, but of course that is still on my to-do list :) Who has time for fixing up dresses when there are still so many new ones I could be making, right?! :P

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