|Posing next to one of our backyard saskatoon berry bushes.|
Okay, not really denim, but a denim-like knit Tira. Poor thing has been cut and partially sewn together since January. Why did I wait so long?!
For the people who don't know about this dress (I'm only assuming there's a few of you - although you must be living under a rock!), it's the Tiramisu dress, the first pattern launched by Cake Patterns. Steph at Cake has put out a scad of them, and I've already made up her Pavlova and Hummingbird tops.
|Saskatoons to the left of me, chokecherries to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with Tira.|
Pattern: Tiramisu Knit Dress #0144
Size: 35 back bodice, 40C front bodice, waist and hip cut to my size (can't remember what I cut, but my waist and hips measure at 36" and 45" repectively).
Fabric: A denim-like sturdy medium-weight knit bought at our Crappy Local Fabric Shop, a diamond in the rough and the reason I still wander through there now and again. Sadly, I have no idea of the composition because our Crappy Local Fabric Shop doesn't bother to put fibre content on any of their bolts.
Alterations: Sigh. Because I cut this out so long ago, I don't entirely remember. I do know that my first bodice attempt was way too small, so I recut with a larger size. I also had this almost all sewn together when I picked this up again last month, so other than needing to resew the underbust seam to bring the bodice wraps a bit closer together, I don't remember any other alterations. I do know that next time I make up this pattern, I'll probably try cutting out the front bodice in size 35D, since the shoulder seams pull toward the back and there's some extra fabric above my bust. Well, I'll try a toile of it, anyways. I'm pretty happy with the fit as it is anyways, so we'll see if it improves it at all.
I'm pretty chuffed about all the gold topstitching I did. Because it was denim-looking, I embraced the jean look by sticking topstitching wherever I could! I did a lot on the bodice piece, at the centre back and shoulder seams, around the sleeve hems, at the faux-wrap edges, and a double stitch hem around the skirt. I really wanted to add more, especially around the under-bust and waist seams, but I thought this might be too much, and also make me more self-conscious. That second one strikes me as being stupid, but sometimes you need to let your insecurities win sometimes when it means feeling so comfortable in a dress that makes you look and feel good!
|Need to harvest these berries this weekend! Winter is on it's way, here in Yukon.|
|Mmm...saskatoon tiramisu anyone?|
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some saskatoons to go pick. Yes, in my Tiramisu! Now where did I put that ladder...