Plaid, Stripes and Flower Mixing If You Dare!
Plaid, Stripes and Flower mixing if you dare! [Sew What? McCall's 7537]
[This dress was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]
Hello All, it's good to be back. How about the competition? The ladies all did a great job and I want to welcome Marcia to the team! So I am getting back in the mix with a few pieces of plaid and a few other prints. Now you guys know how I am with the mixing of the prints and with is s wild one right here. I mixed the two plaids with a stripe and a little flower power. [Flower print not from Fabric mart and I couldn't find the stripe fabric online]
Now I'm going to let you guys in on my thought process with this dress. I ordered two prints that could go together and then I ordered two prints that you would never think to put with these plaid prints. I did not let myself think about how they did not match I was just going to use all four prints.
I had already chosen the pattern for the project McCall's 7537, which was a few different views but I was going with view B. Once I nailed down the prints for each part, there was no turning back.
That's the thing when mixing prints, you have to commit and stay on course, it works out most of the time and some times it doesn't. I like this crazy little dress, it reminds me of an old fashioned barmaid's dress, it just doesn't have the corset.
My changes or additions:
- I added bias tape to the collar facing and to the neck ruffles, which makes them stand out as opposed to laying down. I like the way they stand up but Mori, not so much, she said it reminds her of a clown. [She said I need to remove the ruffles.]
- I did not add the loops for the lace -up front because the ruffles was enough, so it's pretty low cut.
- I removed 3 inches from the skirt and added a little ruffle at the bottom, so it's a little shorter that the original length.
Also getting into the dress was a little on the tight side, it has no zipper in the back but on the left side under the arm. We had to get one shoulder in and finagle to get the other. Mori had broad shoulders but I thought with the open neckline that would make it easier. That's one thing that I do not like about a fitted dress with a zipper under the arm, you may have trouble getting it over your head and shoulders.
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