Saturday, February 04, 2012

Best Laid Plans

If I always listened to that little voice in the back of my head questioning my fabric and pattern choices, then nothing would get done. But this time I listened. I was working on the PussyBow Blouse. The fit was perfected  and I was ready to go. Then I looked at my Pinterest sewing inspiration board and something else took shape.

I used the pattern as a sloper and made the adjustments I envisioned. Now there's a back yoke, an inverted box pleat, a lengthened front, short sleeves and I'm contemplating pockets. If all goes well it's going to be fabulous. I'm going to fit one more muslin, then cut into this: a voile from Gorgeous Fabrics.

I dyed it last summer and absolutely love the color. I can't rave enough about Dharma's Procion dyes.

The bodice was really close to a perfect fit, but I noticed excess fabric above the bust near the armhole. I get the same issue with ready-to-wear. So I pinched out 3/4" from the shoulder and tapered it to the bust, then slash and spread the pattern to move the fullness to the side dart. That adjustment caused a ripple effect and I had to lengthen the collar pieces as well. In hindsight, I should have cut a size smaller and done an FBA for a similar fit. I also moved the dart down 1/4."

I'm trying not to get antsy. I get really impatient because there are thousands of things I want to sew right now. But it's going to be worth it.


  1. I'm really looking forward to seeing your version! This color is gorgeous!

  2. I've never thought about dying fabrics, but that's a great idea! How colorfast is the dye? Do you wash things separately afterwards?

    I like the sound of the changes you're making to the Pussybow Blouse! It's always so cool to see how sewists make patterns their own (especially for me, as I don't have a ton of confidence and don't usually make too many changes to patterns)!

    1. Oh my goodness, it is really, really fun. That particular dye, the procion, is completely colorfast and [I think] the highest quality dye for plant-derived fibers. I use a special detergent to pre-wash the fabric and then use the same detergent after once or twice to seal the color. I wash things in like colors, but I don't have to wash the dyed pieces separately. Maybe the first few times. I know there are easier dyes out there like iDye that you just throw into the washing machine.

      I like it because sometimes I make questionable fabric purchases. Like, I have white and butter yellow crepe de chine that I'll never wear as is, so I'll dye both of those pieces.

  3. Your new version sounds awesome and I love the fabric color you dyed. Can't wait to see!

  4. I'm glad to hear you rave about this dye... been considering getting it from Dharma, as Rit dye pretty much blows. The color is fantastic!

  5. Hey hey! I sent you a little Liebster award love :) Feel free to join in, or just keep up your amazing, drapey chic sewing!!!