Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Dress Challenge 2011 - Finale PT V New Look 6824










Finally, I finished my Summer Dress Challenge.  I started making this dress early June and six weeks later it's finished.  I've made at least two other dresses, several tops and bottoms in the course of making this dress.  Why did it take so long?  After accepting Faye's invitation to the Summer Dress Challenge, I decided I wanted to do something a little different and "challenging". So I pulled out ole' faithful (NL6824) and some beautiful silk dupioni from Fishman's, and decided to follow Susan Khalji's underlining technique.

If you follow my blog, you'll know that NL6824 is one of my TNT patterns.  This is the forth time I've used it and it has helped me produce four nice dresses. Can't say which one I like the best, all of them fit well and suit my taste and figure.

Following Susan Khalji's technique was a learning experience and was a bit of a challenge when it came to all the hand stitching and transferring of ALL the markings onto the underlining. It was certainly worth all the effort though.  This approach is not for the faint at heart, it takes a lot of patience and time.  The hours I invested were equalient to the amount of time that I spend making a prom dress, wrap and purse.    And as I hand stitched the underlining to the dress, I decided I wouldn't do this type of work for pay unless someone had a lot of money to spend and to pay me. Lol. It's an undertaking to say the least.

Some might say, now where would you wear this type of dress?  My daughter's friend, Joanna, married on Saturday.   So I thought this would be a good occasion to wear it.  And of course, I'll wear it to the captain's ball while on vacation.
 
Since this is the forth time around, do I really need to give the description and size?  I guess so for new followers.
 

Pattern Description: Misses dress with various neckline, sleeve and skirt options.  You can design your look with mixing and matching pattern pieces.

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 18; I used 14 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes. Similar to the coral view on the pattern envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This time around I didn't look at the instructions. I chose this pattern because I was familiar with the instructions and I had already worked out the fitting issue. It was the perfect pattern to use for this projects. My focus was on getting the technique down pat.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love this pattern.  You have so many options for designing your dress.  I could easily use it four more times and get four more looks that work for me.


Fabric Used: Silk Dupioni (Fishman's); silk organza and china silk (New Rainbow).  Originally I thought I would use silk charmeuse for the lining, but the china silk worked best for the weight of the dupioni.


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Oh boy,  many changes and alterations.  Above all else, I did my usual FBA, sway back, prominent should blade, a few inches to the length of the skirt adjustments.  All are illustrated in previous reviews and on Flickr.  The other changes are related to follow Susan Khalji's technique. That information can be found here PT 1, here PT 2,  here PT 3, and here PT IV.

Lining attached to the hem.

Lining skirt and bodice lining sewn to waist. Lining hand stitched to invisible zipper.




Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Like I said, "This is one of my TNT. I will probably make another version within six months. And Yes, of course, I do recommend it to others.



Conclusion:
Follow Susan Khalji's underlining technique was a great experience. I learned how the color of the underlining affects the color of the fashion fabric; the underlining can also affect the drape of the garment; how to baste the underlining to the garment pieces, and how to ultimately create a better dress. Note on the pattern: this is one of my go to patterns. It has good bones and I've worked out the fitting issues so that make the whole process fifty percent easier. Try both the pattern and the technique. Both are worth your while.

Jewelry; bold and simple.


Shoes from shoesonline.com, J. Renee.



Parting shots: Here are a few photos from the wedding. The bride and groom were graciously beautiful.







Happy Sewing!

38 comments:

  1. Lovely dress and the workmanship is superb. Particularly impressed by the finish around the zip.

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  2. I am truly in awe . . . Magnificent dress, and the inside looks almost as good as the outside!

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  3. Stunning and the colour choice is very classy! I love the ribbon/belt around your waist.

    The finish on this dress is amazing!!!

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  4. It's a beautiful dress on you, Cennetta, worth all the effort :)

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  5. Beautiful dress, Cennetta--and a wonderful write-up of the techniques you used. You look stunning--as does your daughter!

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  6. Beautiful dress, Cenetta, and the workmanship is enviable, to say the least. Enjoy wearing it, it looks so good on you.

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  7. You are getting great use out of that pattern, 4 very different and beautiful looks.

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  8. The dress is gorgeous! Amazing job and you wear it well.

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  9. Beautiful dress, you look absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it and the workmanship is awesome. Your creations always inspire.

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  10. And it's amazingly beautiful too. Thanks for participating in the challenge!

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  11. What a lovely dress and well worth the effort. All of.the dresses look distinct and beautiful.

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  12. What a beautiful wedding dress... err, well, dress for a wedding. You know what I mean. You look great!

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  13. Totally gorgeous! The fabric and lining is beautiful and of course the construction and fit is flawless.

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  14. What a stunning dress! You look gorgeous.

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  15. As always, beautiful work and you look stunning!

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  16. Your dress is fabulous. The extra touches make it even more special.

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  17. Okay, first of all, do you have those shoes in a 9 please?

    Secondly, my immediate thought was, this is a new look for Netta. Eh? It's a style that is va-va-voom on you. Lovely, lovely job.

    I saw a neat bow in the mall the other day. The dress was black with a silver "side" (don't recall exactly how/where). Then on the sash, the bow's left loop displayed the silver side. SOOOO hard to describe, but I immediately thought of this sash when seeing your bow. It was tied simply, just like yours.

    Back to the shoes... Uh... *wink* I'll take both the left one and the right one. *please*

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  18. Beautiful dress and you look great in it.

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  19. Oh, this is just stunning! You look so beautiful - the dress is perfect, the style, color, accessories, everything. Congrats to finishing such a great dress.

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  20. It is an awesome dress and you can tell that it is full of amazing handwork! Love this on you and love how each one of your versions has a different personality.

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  21. What a gorgeous dress - you look stunning!

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  22. WOW! a beautiful dress for a beautiful lady...your creations always inspire me.

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  23. Very pretty! Demanding job, congratulations!

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  24. That dress is gorgeous, well worth the wait, you look stunning. Thanks for the construction details.

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  25. Look at you all beautiful. You must feel like a million in that pretty silk dress. Your shoes are amazing, but --ouch!

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  26. The dress is beautiful and looks great on you. Your workmanship is awesome. Couture sewing is time consuming...but the end result is so worth it.

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  27. Oh, so pretty! You look amazing. Looking at the 4 pictures of dresses from the same pattern - you'd never guess that they all originated from the same envelope. Well worth the effort to tweak the fit on a pattern, then use it to its max.

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  28. Beautiful finishing... So nicely done dress!

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  29. What a beautiful dress - so perfect to wear for such a lovely occasion! Your workmanship is superb, the overall look is very elegant and polished. I love it!

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  30. Beautiful! All the effort you put into this really shows and it suits you to a t.

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  31. Like I said before and will say it again Gorgeouso!!! Like the others mentioned, awesome workmanship.

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  32. Gorgeous dress! Definitely worth all of the effort you put inot it!

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  33. very beautiful karine
    feeceleste.over-blog.com

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  34. Cenetta, that is amazing. A stunning dress, and i love that sash at the waist. Thanks for sharing the details.

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  35. Beautiful dress, Cennetta! The fabric is fantastic - the color suits your (beautiful!) complexion perfectly. All of the painstaking effort was well worth the end result.

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  36. What a gorgeous set of dresses you made! I love them all. :)

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  37. That is just absolutely gorgeous - what a fantastic dress, but it also looks perfect on you and with your styling! I will aspire to be able to sew like this!

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