This fabric combo is HOT! I mean, bright blue with a hot pink accent? What’s not to love??? : ) Apparently I’ve decided that Butterick 5602 version 2 will be a hot-mama type of dress… and really, one can never have too many dresses like that. I’ve decided to call this dress “blueberry crush,” and hopefully the final product will live up to the hot-hot-hot expectations. Oh baby!
The blue print is “Cobalt Ivy Bloom” from Amy Butler’s Lark collection, and I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw the bolt in the fabric store. I unrolled a yard or so from the bolt, wrapped it around myself, checked myself out in the full-length mirror that I knew was lurking in the craft store bathroom (ha), and I was sold. Can’t wait to crank this baby out! The hot pink is Kona Cotton, and although I debated between pink and orange for the accent color, the pink was ultimately just too good to pass up. I like how it ties into the blue-purple color family while still being a stark contrast from the blue. Also, the girly part of me (you know, buried deep inside the liberal feminist) couldn’t resist. So sue me. : )
This afternoon I cut out the fabric, which always seems to wipe me out. Maybe it’s because I have to do it hunched over on the floor! Ah, this apartment drives me crazy sometimes. Anyway, I did wind up going with my gut on the sizing, cutting a 10 on top and a 12 on the bottom and grading it right at the waist. Also, to save fabric (and money), I cut the front and back pieces right next to each other on the blue fabric, even though the piece on the left cuts into the selvedge in the seam allowance. I know you’re not supposed to do this, but I couldn’t bear to buy another 1.25 yards just for 3/8 of an inch!
Cutting the lining pieces was a little more comfortable, since for some reason the Kona Cotton is just a bit wider than most other bolts I’ve seen. Does anyone know why this is? I’m using the leftover lining from the black and white dress, even though it doesn’t match the blueberry crush color combo. Again, I craft on a budget! The only place it might show is at the armholes if they gape a bit, so I’m thinking about making a small facing in the blue or pink fabric just inside of the armholes. We’ll see.
I used tailor tacks to mark the darts again – not sure how well you can see the two white threads in the photo above. These markings are at one end of the dart, which gradually gets wider as you move to the right. The method worked so well for me last time – accurate and neat, with no permanent damage to the fabric. Now I just have to actually sew all the darts… ugh. I need a break after all that crawling around on the floor!
At least I finished all the cutting today. Above you can see the front and back lining pieces, the front and back fashion fabric pieces, and the hot pink neckband pieces. I’m also planning on making a sash out of the pink (just like I did with the black and white dress), but I’ll save cutting those pieces for the end of the project.
So what do you think of this color combo? I just love the brightness of it, and hopefully it won’t look ridiculous when I’m actually wearing it. I’m excited to dive into this project!
Happy weekend everyone!