November 10, 2013

Purple Parallel Lines Dress: Project Runway Collection Simplicity 1687

Pattern: Project Runway Simplicity 1687, dress with seamed bodice, upper bodice and pleated, flared skirt. Zipper pockets and 3/4 sleeves. 
Challenge make a day dress to wear with my purple boots. Challenge accepted. 
Fabric: The purple stripe is a stretch woven suiting, it was a remnant from a prior (last year) project (I love the other dress made from this strip fabric too but it is too dressy doe my purple boots). 
The black fabric of the upper bodice is a knit that is comparable to the denier of hosiery without the elasticity. Weird fabric combo, I know. Yet I am damned and determined to use these stash fabrics. 
I was concerned with the sheer factor of the upper bodice so I self fabric lined the upper bodice and still I ended up with a sheer yoke in certain lights. It only shows the bra straps, not that risque after the full sheer blouse trend. 
Pattern Modifications: shortened waist to petite, adjusted for broad and square shoulders, shortened skirt hem.
Construction modifications: The black knit fabric was a feat to cut and sew. One pass of the scissor and it wanted to unravel and run. I omitted the shoulder seams on the yoke and I only had to join at the neckline of the outer fabric and lining. 
For the sleeve I also did away with the hem of the sleeve by making the cuff hem a fold. My sleeve pices looked like this: 
I stitched the entire length of the underarm sleeve seam, pressed and then turned back the sleeve on itself (at the cuff fold) to encase the seam allowance. Then the 2 ply sleeve was eased it into the armscye; stitching once to catch both the 2plys of the yoke and the two plys of the sleeve in one fell swoop, I finished the seam with an overlock/serged edge. 

 Look another vintage zipper pocket! I loved constructing these pockets, pleats, inseam zippers and a pocket bags to boot. Lots of sewing action but it worth every moment.
This dress is just the right kind of quirky for my purple passion boots. And I loved making the pattern so much I am working and the other variation with the mock piping! 

9 comments:

  1. I love it! I have similar PR pattern that is sleeveless, it's my favourite!

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    1. Cool, a sleeveless variation with a yoke would be fun.

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  3. I LOVE it! I'm currently making this dress (sleeveless in dark blue and bright pink, to amp up my summer wardrobe). I'm happy to say I managed the piping beautifully as it was a new thing for me to do, but I am SO lost on the pleats, and it makes me sad. Might have bitten off more than this new-sewer could handle.

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  4. This is beautiful! I'm currently making this dress (sleeveless, dark blue yoke, and bright pink to amp up my summer wardrobe). I managed the piping, which was new to me. But the pleats are escaping me, which is quite unfortunate. Perhaps this new-sewer bit off more than she could chew.

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  5. Any suggestions you could give me on the pleats for this would be helpful. I conquered piping much to my surprise and delight, but the pleats have me baffled... perhaps this pattern is too difficult for a relatively new sewer.

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    1. Hello Quinn! Congrats on the piping conquering that is a feat. As for the pleats I recommend that you draw (in an erasable method like chalk or a fabric marker that disappears with water) them on the right side of the fabric pieces. Then you can align the pleats and adjust as needed then pin them in place press and stitch. Please do not get discouraged, I know easier said then done. Best of luck your dress sounds stunning.

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  6. oh my goodness. I'm in love with those boots, that fabric, and the style you choose! Do you happen to remember where you purchased the purple stripe fabric? (I'm hoping it will be somewhere online where I might find it) I actually stumbled across your page because I was searching for purple striped fabric, and that one is amazing!

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    1. Hello Sarah! I purchased the fabric ages ago at Fabric.com, it is a suiting fabric.

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Happy sewing!
Melody

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