Sunday, June 29, 2014

Some Dresses Just Look Better the Second Time Around - A Dotted Scirocco!

Sooooo happy with this version of the Figgy's Scirocco!  I have NO idea what happened with the silk dupioni version I made during the summer of 2012, but it turned into a hot mess when I started attaching skirt pieces together; one section refused to line up, and I ended up calling it quits on trying to fix it - long story short, if you DON'T look underneath the top skirt flounce, you'd never know ;)  It was for Camden's aunt's wedding, though, so, I was a bit miffed at the whole situation.

Also, please love on the only decent shot I happen to have of the dress, aha!  One where she is eating....

Anyway, the chance to sew today was bestowed upon me like a fine gift - and I full finished this lovely number in Moda quilting cotton:
Testing the direction of the wind

Don't mind the mediocre photos - my life story revolves around taking pictures SUPER fast so I can get back inside to a sad baby.

The pattern itself is quite lovely, and it does have errata - the skirt lining doesn't include the seam allowance, and you need to make sure to add it on the piece, which I thankfully remembered to do BEFORE cutting the fabric - though after tracing the pattern.

The bodice is fiddly, only in that you have to do the sewing in parts because of the way the back attaches and how the shoulders are sew - which is okay for the effect, in my humble opinion!

After that, the skirt goes together semi-quickly....depends on how you hem the skirt - rolled hem or regular hem.  As with the first time I sewed this pattern, I did a rolled hem for the skirt pieces, as there are four of them to hem, and I was working with the time I had today (of course, because it's ME, I hemmed all SIX pieces before remembering I made that same mistake the last time I sewed the dress, LOL).
Stray threads, of course!

I like how the casing for the elastic is hidden underneath the top flounce, so, you get the lovely gathered look, but you don't see the casing for it:
The lining side

Also, don't mind if I pretty much copied the version I had seen at Bolt, my favorite fabric store in Portland.  I used the same fabric and then white trim at the bodice, which is quite lovely.

Just have to say, though - so happy to sew today, as it had been quite a while, it seems - well....since the last blog post, aha!  Camden loves the dress but clearly wasn't enthused about photos, as always lately.

And these crazy kids chilled with their dad today - thanks soooooo much to him!  I have been telling him our daughter will soon be nekkid if I don't get to sew!


  1. I love this dress Autumn! The yellow makes me happy!

  2. LOVE that dress! Sell it to me when your girl outgrows it - ok?

  3. thanks, ladies! and aha! sure thing, jeanine! ;)

    1. YAY!!! Cheeks is going to ROCK yellow with her dark hair and blue eyes!

    2. well, let's not get hasty! :O

    3. Haha. She is several years younger than your girl, there is time yet :)