In Sewing

A closer look at Licorice

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Here’s more on my heavily modified Licorice Dress! Again, I used traditional blue seersucker with white bias tape and ric-rac accents. This completes 2 out of 4 dresses I planned to make for the Colette Palette Challenge.

Believe it or not, the only piece I actually modified on this dress was the sleeves. All I did was cut the piece in half, slide it up to make it shorter, then taped it back together and cut off the extra. I also ended up omitting the collar against my original plan, and all the other little tid bits are just extras! I did end up removing a half inch of fabric from each back piece before installing the zipper, and adding the little waist belt for a better fit.

Above you can see my micro hem before top stitching the lace and ribbon to it! That lace gives the dress an extra two inches or so. It would have been waaaay short without it!

Cursed hook and eye closures! …I rearranged my sewing room, found a bunch of previously lost crap, but then lost my previously found hooks and eyes. Figures! I’ve been avoiding invisible zippers for this entire sew along because I don’t have the specific foot, but I gave it a go for this dress with my standard zipper foot and it turned out great! I just ironed the bejeezes out the teeth before putting it in. The stripes make the seam look a little wonky, but to my surprise, the zipper is in fact invisible.

On a side note, I’m pretty proud of my hair do for today! It’s no easy feat to style wigs, especially synthetic ones. (Yes I wear wigs. No I’m not shy about it.)

I also made my headband! They sold like hot cakes at the craft fair 🙂

Here’s the whole look! I still think I look like I stole this dress off a porcelain doll lol. Whatever.
I can’t wait to see all the other Licorice Dresses as they slowly start leaking into the Flickr pool!

Well, that’s a wrap on the Colette Handbook Sew-along! It’s been an amazing five months in the making! On to bigger and better things 😉
Have a great week!