At this point, I don’t have much more to say about this pattern – You’ve heard it all!
Instead, I’d like to declare my first #SewingDare finished! My very first dare was to Pretty Greivances, who just posted the funniest post about finished her three versions of a TNT pattern. In return, she dares me to mix prints in a single garment. Et voila! Polka dots and paint splatter in a single united dress!
I do feel like this is cheating a bit… I mean, only two prints? I really wanted to combine three. Besides which, the honest truth is that the combo of prints here drives me batty – I just don’t like it! I think the polka dots have just a slightly creamy undertone that clashes with the harsh white of the “paint”. It’s not terrible, but it doesn’t make my heart sing!
As for the rest of the dress… well, I chose this fabric as an experiment to try polyester knits, and it was very informative! I learned that the ITY knit was quite easy to sew, and doesn’t need hemming etc… They are also less clingy than I feared! On the other hand, I also learned that I don’t like wearing pure poly. It feels cold and clamy in winter, and I imagine it would be worse in summer. The dress doesn’t feel *bad* when I wear it… but it has none of the cosiness of a cotton or rayon knit. The proof is in the pudding: I haven’t worn this dress once since I finished it!
Since I wasn’t loving the contrast waist, I started thinking of ways to hide it! I came up with this 2m long tie, which I tried as a pussy bow and as a belt. I know it’s hard to see with this busy fabric, so I highlighted the tie in green. In another fabric, I think this idea could work!
Honest truth: I haven’t hemmed the sleeves or skirt, and I’m not even sure I will. I just don’t love it. However, I have a secret love for themed teacher-clothes, so I’ll just *have* to plan some splatter painting or marble painting sometime soon so that I can wear this dress at least once!
Tira #5, though? I love it!
It’s the same poly knit that I don’t like in #4… but somehow the short sleeves and looser fit make this one feel much more breathable!
As a challenge, I thought I’d time how long it took me to make this one.
- Cutting: 15min
- Stabilizing and sewing bodice: 25 min
- Sewing and Attaching skirt: 15 min
- Sewing side seams: 10 min
- Hemming: 20min (which I usually skip, but Steph #sewingdared us!)
Seriously – How do you handle this problem, those of you who live in the dark cold northern hemisphere?