And then I knew, Grace to have one.
I pulled out some knit I found at the Michael Levine Loft (where you dig through bins and fabric is sold by the weight - totally awesome) in the LA Fabric District, and started cutting. The knit is darling, but it was so sheer, so I had to line the bodice. You can see a peek of the teal knit I used to line the bodice here: (Look closely.)
Sewing the bodice wasn't a problem because I was sewing multiple layers of my thin knits together. (My bodice pattern could use some more tweaking, but the actually sewing wasn't a problem.) However, when I started trying to sew the skirt my maxi dress construction came to a screeching halt. My knit kept getting stuck under the needle and my machine and I were at war with getting this darn dress sewn. I actually tucked it all away in the sewing room for several weeks before I had the idea of putting tissue paper under the knit to prevent it from getting caught under the needle.
It worked like a charm. It was a messy process, but I'd like to think that the messier the sewing space while creating something, the better the end results.
See what I mean by sheer?
In the end, I think it turned out pretty darn cute. At first it was a bit too long, so I took some length off the bodice, and I still think I could take a little more.
However, Grace is going to grow in the next couple of months. Maxi dresses will still be in style in Spring, right? Maybe?
I'm just happy that the project was completed and didn't end up in the reject pile or the scrap bin. That would have been tragic.
That's a wrap here at
West Coast. Peace out!