Welcome to my final post for Sophisique Noir's Red & Black week. Today's post is New Look 6900, view A. The fabric here came from Fabric.com, of course. I acquired it on my last fabric binge. The name is Metro Market Watermelon Slices. Okay, okay, so it's red and black and pink - pink is pastel red! It counts!
Regular readers know of my love-hate relationship with pockets in dresses (tl;dr: I love having pockets, but hate that they bulge and look like crap). This pattern's pockets are external, so I decided to take the plunge and include them for once.
You'll also notice a ruffle on the pocket. The pattern did not call for this; I had a sudden urge to use up some of the pink fabric in my stash. (It came from the much-mentioned Daisy-Head Mayzie costume.)
The facing details for both the pocket and the bodice (to the right) are attached in an atypical matter; you can see here that the right side of the facing is facing the wrong side of the bodice. Because it is such an unusual method, I had to reread the instructions several times to ensure I was doing the right thing. After these are sewn together, the facing is flipped over to the other side.
the coffee dress: do not straight stitch on elastic, even if the pattern calls for it! You can see that I made a casing here and threaded the elastic through, catching it at the ends.
I added a ruffle to the bottom too, using the same fabric. Unlike yesterday, when I stole pieces from another pattern, here I just cut a piece that was twice as long as the edge of the skirt, gathered it, and sewed it on.
The dress is cute, but I fear it looks a bit like an apron, and would
even more so if I hadn't extended the length by three inches.
I wanted to add another ruffle to the straps as well. I cut and
gathered the fabric, and was about to pin it on when I changed my mind.
I'm not sure why I 180ed. Maybe I didn't want it to look too much like
the cherry dress? Anyone out there with any thoughts on adding ruffles to the straps?
Thanks for reading my R & B week posts. Looking forward to seeing you again next year!