Friday, December 28, 2012

A Tangerine Dress: My (almost too late) Offering to the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year Gods

 

I hadn't joined in all the 2012 Pantone Tangerine Tango fun until I found this super terrific ponte a couple weeks ago while shopping at A Fabric Place during the Baltimore PatternReview Day celebration.                                                    

They had only a yard and a half so I dug through my patterns to see what I could whip up. I pulled out Simplicity 1716 again after having made View A with a slinky  violet modal knit a very short while back.  This go round I made View D cutting a 14 and making the skirt a fuller a-line.  This dress is so comfy it's redonkulous.  I made only a couple alterations to make me happy.
First I added 4 inches of length the the hem.  I wish I had added a couple more to hit right below my knee simply because I have so many dresses just above the knee.  I still like the length though.   I also made a belt.

and belted... better!
No belt... not bad....

The belt mostly makes a difference in the back for me.  I guess I have what is called swayback, a pretty common issue for lots of ladies.  I could correct the gaping material in back but the belt does the job to make it look right.  It almost looks like I'm already wearing one already.

And this is belted.
Unbelted back...
I really like the drapey neckline.  It sits high on the chest so I'm not showing my business off.  There are a few strategically placed pleats on the shoulder and on the side bust to help the material drape nicely on top.  I used a 3/8" wide clear plastic elastic to stabilize the shoulders.  I really like the hidden detail in the back neckline of the pattern- you use a bit of fabric to reinforce and stabilize the neckline to prevent eventual drooping.  Many of the big commercial patterns only tell you to fold the material over two times and sew a straight seam eventually causing a sloppy mess. 
 















This dress is totally not meant for winter.  But I think I'm ready for bright, cheerful colors in my life again.


Here's a fun image... this is what I see when I 'm taking pictures!  I usually have my camera on a tripod and snap a boatload of photos and hope for a few halfway decent ones.  I'd go outside but I live in a highly populated urban area with nosy neighbors who'd be watching me from their windows (heck, they watch me when I'm indoors!) Where and how do you guys take your pictures?  Who takes them?  I'm a sewing blog addict and so many of you take some really terrific photos that inspire me.

11 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I really like this. I'm a sucker for a draped neckline, and orange is one of my favorite colors! I've put this pattern on my list!

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    1. Thanks! It's one of my favorite patterns right now. You should totally try it!

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  2. What a fabulous dress - great colour! I agree the belt makes it even better.

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    1. Thank you! I wonder if I'll overdo the belt thing... I always seem to have one on these days.

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  3. This is the best version of this dress I have seen! Super cute. I'm working on the same pattern in black. But I drafted a terrible skirt that doesn't work so now it will be a top....

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    1. Thank you so much! Oooh... one in black! I want one too now.

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  4. What a wonderful dress in a fabulous color! I've got to check out the line drawings on this one. Love you blog - I just read through the whole thing! Now I *need* to go sew! ;) g

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  5. Thanks!! I'm honored to inspire you :) Now go sew!!!!

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  6. That dress is gorgeous on you - great work at marrying colour and style together! As for the photo taking, that is one of my 'goals' for 2013 - to work on smarter piccies...

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  7. Wow! You are really rocking that color.

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