Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Give this Dress a Chance!

Just for fun, we started a promo in July to feature Decades Everyday Given A Chance Dress, a sweet sleeveless shift that "could be your favorite dress year-round."  We invited our customers and staff to join in the fun by making up this easy dress and wearing it into the shop. Customers who participate will take home a free Decades of Style pattern to add to their collection.

The response has been amazing! It's been a true joy to see how one dress can have so much personality and bring a community together.

We will wrap up the whole event on September 16th with a finale party at Noon.  Needless to say, we've seen so many versions of this dress already and we haven't really started - cotton, silk, rayon - all beautiful creations, each with the sewist's own brand of style and flair!

I have a dream to see all of us in a photo at noon on the 16th! Please make up a dress and pop on by!

After seeing some of the initial  versions of this dress on our Staff and on many customers, I knew I wanted to give it a chance too.

I chose a soft rayon in a black and white geometric print.  So many of our sewists used two different fabrics - one print or solid for the yoke and a different fabric for the main body of the dress.  I wanted to try making it all in one fabric, but perhaps with a small pop of color. Piping, maybe?

Piping? Yes! We loved this bright chartreuse in 100% cotton. We cut bias strips along the polka dot portion of the fabric then folded and pressed it carefully.

The Given a Chance Dress is an easy pattern to work up - it consists of two sections: the lined top yoke and the body of the dress.  And it has my favorite feature - in-seam pockets!

Laurel lined the inside front yoke with the contrasting cotton just for fun.

The dress body has a unique design element - two bust darts on each side.
These double darts look great on everybody!

Adding piping as a design element takes a little more time, but it is not difficult.  I chose not to add cording to my piping.  I wanted it to lay flat, which made Laurel happy - it certainly makes the application a lot easier.  The trick to making your piping width even is to apply the piping to one side of the seam edge, in this case the top of the dress front, and then use that stitch line as a guide when you sew the yoke and dress together.



And Three...perfect!!

Sometimes the best things about your hand sewn garments are the slightly hidden details and embellishments that you add...like the addition of the piping fabric to the inside of this in seam pocket.  You can only see it when you put your hands inside...but YOU know it's there.

So glad that we added the piping.  It's totally me!


Be sure to come in today and get your Given a Chance Dress pattern soon and be ready to show it off at the store.  I can't wait to see what you all create!

Link over to our Stonemountain Blog to read more about the Given a Chance Dress and our promotion/event happening until September 16th. We will do a special blog post after the September finale party to highlight all the versatile and beautiful dresses.

Hope to see you all at noon on September 16th for a photo with Janet, the local designer of this extraordinary pattern and line of designs!

Creatively Yours,
email me at fabriclady3@gmail.com
I love to hear from you!

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