Sew Weekly was one of my favorite blogs, back when it was active. With a new theme each week, it was amazing so many sewers could produce projects in such a short time frame. I was happy to see the posting for the The Sew Weekly Reunion and, since it was not a weekly challenge, but allowed a whole month to produce a garment, I was in.
The theme was the Pantone 2013 Fall colors.I choose the Deep Lichen Green because I already had 2 meters of wool brocade purchased in Montreal, where I had a great time exploring the many fabric shops. In the store it appeared to have a blue grey cast, but in daylight it is more green than I usually wear. The pattern, Butterick 4386, is a simple sheath I have made before, so I already had a muslin with the fitting adjustments done. The pattern was recommended in a class I took called Little Sheath Dress, at the American Sewing Expo last year and is still available in the Butterick catalog.From start to finish it took about 18 hours, cutting it out was time consuming, with 3 layers of fabric. Since the brocade had a loose weave and frayed easily, I underlined it with silk organza. The lining is china silk, which feels lovely.
I’ve been doing the hand stitching while on a visit to Nashville to see my son, adding some velvet ribbon detail. It’s way too hot here, as well as most other places, to wear this dress just yet, maybe in another month or two. Our hotel room was did not have enough lighting to try a photo shoot and outside was hot and steamy, with rain off and on. I tried some shots on the balcony of the hotel, so they may appear a little washed out.
I love having garments with lovely finishing on the inside, sort of like wearing pretty lingerie. I still need to finish the hem, but need to decide on a length. Hmmm, maybe this calls for a new pair of shoes…
Fabric: 2 meters of wool brocade, 2 yards of silk organza, 2 yards of china silk
Notions: invisible zipper, thread, velvet ribbon
Pantone Challenge Color: Deep Lichen Green
Pattern: Butterick 4386
Year: 2004, still available
Time to complete: 18 hours
First Worn: Not yet, need cooler weather
Wear Again: When the temperature drops
Total Cost: $78