Friday, February 1, 2013

Fox+lady=foxy lady?

I guess you can say looking at these photos of Wilma in the Spoonflower-fabric version of my latest jersey dress that you don't win every time. 
It has been a freezing cold day here in North Carolina and taking her warm jacket away from her to take these photos was really not very Mother-like.....so I guess I got what I deserved. 
I was just so eager to show you this version as well. It is definitely a very good example of how clothes can change depending on which fabric you use. Another factor, why this looks so different from the first version, is that Wilma looks much better in darker colors because of her fair skin color (a dress looks better if it actually suits the person wearing it if you know what I mean) but when I saw this fabric on www.spoonflower.com of the girl with the red hair and a fox I just could not resist. 
I ordered it in this great thick organic interlock - yum, what a pleasure to sew with (and wear I bet). 
I am not being paid to say this but if you don't already know Spoonflower you should really check out that website. Graphic designers (and other good people) can upload their designs, and everyone can then order the prints on several types of fabric (jersey, silk, cotton and so on...you decide) and Spoonflower pays a part of the sale to the designer when you order their print. They even do wallpaper and decals now too. Ahhh, I don't even want to think about it!!

If you 'like' Sewing Like Mad on Facebook (and you really should do that because well a 'like' is always nice) you know that I spend almost the same time sewing this dress that I did choosing the colors of the snaps. What I did not mention was that I ended up choosing two colors....that was kind of a surprise to me too. I think it matches the playful fabric though. And having the snaps continue on the skirt (the first version only had snaps in the top part....but of course you already know that! If not you can see it HERE) kind of works too.

Next you can see a mini tutorial on how to sew a front placket and hem with one continuous stitch.
First you put some thin interlining on your placket, then you iron the folding line for the placket plus your hem. If this was woven fabric I would not have folded the seam allowance away but in knit fabric I am keeping it simple and leaves the overlock seam visible.

Then you sew over the placket following the hem's folding line on both plackets of course (see dots at #1), then you fold in the stitch and turn around (see finger technique on #2).

You can very carefully and gentle use a sharp object like a scissor to veeeeery gently make the corner sharp (90 degrees) and then iron before you are ready for the placket-hem-stitch-in-one.

And here you have it seen both from the front and back side. I am sewing it from the front side and is using a few pins (which I move right before I get to them) to help me keep everything in place.

Another 'seriously Mom?!'-photo.



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