Good Idea : Me-Made-May!!!

While procrastinating and reading all the sewing tips and ideas and articles on the Interweb, I stumbled accross this great idea that Zoe had over at So Zo : wear a garment you have made every day in May. The idea is soooo fab, that the Flickr Group now has 43 members.
I chose to do the lite version, where I'll wear one thing I have made everyday.
I dusted up my Flickr account in preparation, downloaded the iPhone app for instant 'in situ' updates and might even put up a widget on here if I don't procrastinate too much about it!
I am psyched!

Vogue Couturier Jean Muir 2883

I have a thing for Jean Muir patterns, I really like making them. They are very complicated, beautifully drafted, very feminine and when I made this one, in 2003, Jojovich-Hawk was the new fashion house and I thought they were heavily borrowing.

The only change I made to the pattern is that I put in an invisible zipper but, this was before I got the wonderful plastic invisible zipper foot, so it's a little askew.
I love this dress, I made it out of a really soft rayon knit that feels really good on the skin, but I hardly ever wear it, it makes me look like a grieving widow.

I wore it yesterday though, for yesterday I went to Noëlle's funeral. Noëlle was a fine woman, one of the first person to be very nice to me when I moved here and I will forever be thankful for her warm welcome.

Sewing in Paris

So you are in Paris, France. You've just spent a whole day in Marché St-Pierre and your stash is this much higher and you want to start sewing right away? Go to Canal St-Martin and drop by The Sweat Shop, a "couture café", a cybercafé for seamstresses. It's got a cutting table, 10 Singer workstations you can rent by the hour, coffee and cake. What else do you need?

Finished : Oscar De La Renta

Here it is! Finished! I wore it on Sunday and the fabric is still a little too stiff for this everyday dress to fall properly, but give it a couple of wash, and it should look just right. All the work I did on the muslin payed off but I worked on the lining pattern which ends at the waist, the hips ended up a little too tight! That's a beginner muslim mistake I will not repeat!

The straps look really good because I had a total sewing epiphany using Deb Thompson's tutorial on How to Attach Facings in a Sleeveless Garment and this is one piece of information I'll be using forever and ever, because it involves absolutely no hand sewing! As you know I am one lazy seamstress!

The insides look just as good as the outside, which I love and this was thanks to another invaluable piece of information found on Sew-4-fun on Attaching a Partial Lining to a Bodice.
It's a little scary to tell you the truth, but if you've done your homework and made a muslin, I recommand this method as the result looks great. (The trained sewing eye will see immediately that I was too chicken to take out a whole seam allowance worth of fabric there, but next time, I'll really go for it!) No hand stitching there either, that's all good.
It really is a joy to construct, it's a pattern with only 3 main pieces and I think you actually could spare the bodice work and finish it 'Burda Style' with bias tape and overstitch and it would look just as good, come to think of it, I might just do that to the Stunt Dresses as they might not get as much wear.
Please note that the dress actually fits me better.
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