Readers, sometimes sewing just isn't ... FUN. And that is unacceptable. Considering how limited my sewing time is, I just can't afford to feel like I'm taking my sewing medicine or paying my sewing dues or gritting my sewing teeth. I need to be having a party at the sewing machine, a cut-up at the cutting table, so lost in what I'm doing that the time flies by and I look forward to each step.
And for me, fun generally involves bright fabric with a bold print.
So whilst waiting for petersham and zipper for my trousers to arrive in the mail, I pulled this fabulous stretch cotton (acquired ages ago at Mood) from the stash:
What a hot number, am I right? All my patterns want to ask her out! But I only have two yards, so I had all my sheath dress patterns do a little strut down the fashion runway of my mind... The top two you can see in my sketch above--Colette Pastille and Colette Macaron.
The other contenders:
Vintage McCall's 5955.
- Pro: Love the keyhole!
- Con: Neckline too prim, could lead to dreaded uniboob look.
Vintage Simplicity 3045 Slenderette (1959), view 2.
- Pro: Hello sexy scallops!
- Con: I fear the belly pleats.
The ever-popular Roland Mouret Vogue 8280.
- Pro: Such an awesome shape.
- Con: Print may overwhelm detailing.
Vogue 9668, bodice from first view and skirt from the second.
- Pro: I have wanted to make this pattern from FOREVER. One of the first in the stash.
- Con: I think this pattern prefers drapey rayon.
So I was leaning strongly towards Pastille because I think that fitted carved-out shape (minus pleating) is perfect for this fabric, maybe with a nice black belt... and my husband was really excited for me to use the book since he bought it for me.
Also, looking at my croquis sketch I have my doubts about how Macaron will look on me--it has similar fearful belly pleats as the vintage pattern above.
But then I realized my yardage is only 48" wide, which actually eliminates ALL of the options. Except Macaron. I have some Fabric.com black swiss dot in the stash for the yoke. Likely the same type of Fabric.com swiss dot The Sew Weekly's Mena Trott used in this Macaron, although I do worry about mixing stretch and non-stretch wovens... we shall see. Anyway:
Macaron wins by default!