The Blue Dress

I have started a new clothing item this last week and there are just a few more steps until it is complete but until then let’s start at the beginning.

I picked up this beautiful Skydiver Blue Stretch Ponte Knit material (no longer available) from Mood Fabrics back when I was on a little bit of a spending spree. It is slightly on the heavier side as far as knits are concerned but it has the perfect stretch and weight to it.

I was inspired to purchase this fabric by Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, love for the rich blue when she is looking for a slight pop of color when it is not red, pink, or yellow. This dress will not be a replicate but more of an inspiration piece. I wanted something simple but classic to have in my closet that would make me think, Kate would wear that.

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The pattern that I am using is McCall’s MP200. It is a basic, beginners pattern that is the best for an afternoon project and great for when you want to get back to the basics from time to time.

For this project I did not to a muslin mock just for the shear fact that I did not feel it would be useful this go around. Following the instructions I have assembled the bust of the dress which fits like a gem by the way.

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After the shoulders and side seams were stitched and the neck line was hemmed it was tim to move onto the sleeves. Here I made one small, silly mistake and that was to try to “out smart” the direction. Instead of sewing the sleeve together and then hemming it, I hemmed the sleeve and then sewed it together, oops. But below you can hardly see my error and will never be noticed while wearing.

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So here it is, the bust of my new dress. I will work on assembling the skirt and putting it all together over the next week and will share the final results soon.

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