Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bats and Lime Dress

I've previously shown dresses that I made with an altered version of McCall's 6027.  Though those dresses fit well, the neckline is so low that I have to wear a shirt underneath. With some additional effort, I further altered the pattern to raise the neckline several inches.

I combined that altered bodice pattern with the godet version of the McCall's 6027 skirt. I used a black and lime green bat-print cotton, with solid lime green cotton for the godets and the trim around the neck and arm holes.



What do you think -- Should I make a green sash to go with the dress?

32 comments:

  1. Part of me wonders what this would be like with a lime cap sleeve.

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    1. Sleeves thwart me. They're always too tight; I feel like I can't move my arms. But I'm stubborn, so perhaps I will eventually figure out what alterations are needed and I will conquer sleeves.

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  2. You could, OR you could try a black sash or belt and see how the contrast looks.

    I've seen the lime green bats in Jo-Ann's and didn't like it nearly as much as the darker green bats. But this looks good on you!

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    1. Thank you! I also didn't like this one as much as the darker green. But it has the advantage of a softer texture -- the darker green bats fabric is annoyingly stiff for some reason.

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  3. Ah, raising the neckline, what a good idea! I prefer a higher neckline too. You could always add some material or a ruffle or something to the others if you ever want to wear them on their own!

    another fantastic dress! They really look like something you would buy in a (good quality) shop!

    You have made the cut so well it looks fine without a sash or belt, but you could definitely make one.

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    1. With my odd skeleton, it was challenging raising the neckline... but worth the effort. It's nice to finally have something I don't have to wear a shirt under.

      Thank you! :)

      I was pretty proud of myself with the fit... until I put in the zipper. Zipped up properly, the dress is a wee bit snug. :P Definitely not the dress to wear if I'm going out for a big dinner. ;)

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  4. Hmm - I'm thinking a black cardigan, a necklace and a belt would go well with this - possibly green or black. Looking good! :)

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    1. I'll definitely do a black cardigan (of course, I wear a black cardigan with everything). I have a couple of black belts that I can try as well. Thank you!

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  5. Fantastic job! Fits you like a dream. I like it without a sash, but would look good with one too, hard to decide!

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    1. Thank you! It is hard to decide... but I suppose that means I have more options for styling it. :)

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  6. Cute dress, I love the vived lime! ^^
    I think, a matching sash is a good idea but I think, both lime and black would look great.

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    1. Thank you! It's the most vivid item in my closet now. :D

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  7. Love the dress!
    I think a black sash would be better, since now the lime has the majority.

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    1. Thank you! A black sash is the easier option, too, as I have already have one made. :)

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  8. This looks great! (Side note, I think I made a corset out of that same material...)

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    1. Thank you! (Nice! I haven't been brave enough to try making a corset yet.)

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  9. Really cute!! I made a nice full skirt out of that same material. I couldn't pass it up.

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    1. Thank you! I don't normally go for lime green, but I was drawn to this fabric for some reason. I, too, couldn't pass it up. I like that the bats are detailed with a slightly darker shade of green. :)

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  10. I can see it worn with biker jacket :D And I vote for black slash too ;)

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    1. Oooh, a biker jacket... that's a good idea! I have a short leather jacket that I bought last spring (for 80% off!), and I've been wondering what to wear it with.

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  11. I think the lime green godets and trim are just the perfect amount of accent, and a sash might be too much. The black cardigan and biker jackets are good ideas, though. It looks really cute on you! :o)

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    1. Thanks! If only I had your skill in creating the perfect eye makeup look to go with it. :D

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  13. Wow that dress is cool - I love the bat fabric and green together :)

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  14. I love the dresses you make and post online.
    Here is my question: I remember going to the store and looking through pattern books which would give a number to find in several very large bins of patterns. The pattern would be purchased, pinned to the fabric and then the fabric cut and sewn. So how does this pattern thing work today? I used to sew a lot a couple of decades ago; but then I didn't have a sewing machine for a long time and now I have one again. How does one go about this now?

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    1. Thank you!

      The pattern thing works mostly the same nowadays. I'd say there are two main "upgrades":
      1. Pattern companies put their patterns online, so you have the option of looking through them and/or purchasing from the comfort of your home.
      2. Fabric stores such as Jo-Ann and Hancock run pattern sales constantly. Instead of paying the retail price of $10+, you can get patterns for $1 or $2 each.

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  15. I was googling McCalls M6027 when I stumbled upon the photo of your dress and just wanted to say that I love it. I'm going to be having fun with godets. :)

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