What to do when you have left over fabric from a
black dress and a blue dress but make a black and blue dress?
It's back to Famous Frocks for another retake on a classic, this time from a Charlie's Angels star...
Famous Frocks fabric estimations are as little high: I used about a meter of each of the blue and black stretch jersey cotton to make this wrap around dress. The whole dress was sewn using poly cotton thread, ball point needles and stretch stitch.
I was slightly worried that it would look like as court jester outfit but I think the two tones is quite fun!
There are a few problems with the pattern but the main one is the interfacing: even using very light fusible interfacing makes the edges very heavy. I'd recommend only using interfacing for the collar. The seams are also quite messy if you don't have an Interlocker so I would recommend princess seams.
I top stitched with a twin needle, one blue and one black thread. I used proper stretch needles but the machine still skipped some stitches. I think this was because the interfacing was so thick.
The dress has a fake pocket with covered buttons and fake ties on the 3/4 length sleeves also sewn on with covered buttons.
The book suggests using Grosgrain ribbon for the wrap around tie but I used some of the black stretch fabric to match the rest of the dress. I also added about 2" to the skirt to make it longer.
Overall, I'm pleased with the result. A dress perfect for casual days out and fun for the office.
You rip what you sew!