well, big moving day is this week – september 1st, which is this thursday! everything is all packed up, which is why i’ve been nonexistent as of late. no worries, though, i left my two current projects unpacked… so here’s a rooibos for y’all’s troubles!
i loved my first version so much, i decided to follow the rooibox sewalong on the colette blog for v2.0! well, “follow” is loosely defined – it was kind of half-ass. but it’s done! and – bonus! – my first garment for my fall 2011 wardrobe 🙂
i used very lightweight/fine wale corduroy – you can’t even tell that it is corduroy in these pictures, but i promise it is! the facing & pocket piping are sewn up with soft red plaid – from the ~plaiditude~ line at joann’s. i’ll be honest with you, i mostly bought this plaid because the name was so awful. haha! i was apprehensive because it is very thick & soft – almost like flannel – and i was afraid it would be too bulky with the corduroy. fortunately, the corduroy is very lightweight, so this fabric works as a facing. and it is sooo soft – the pockets are especially luxurious!
i kept the bodice at a size 4, but cut the waistband & skirt down to a 2, since it was a little loose the last go-around. should i make this dress again (and i probably will! i love this dress!) i will cut it down to a 0 – the 2 was still a little big! i took in as much as i could but i do feel like it’s a little loose. the belt helps a lot.
other than that, pretty straight-forward! too bad i can’t even wear it right now since it’s NINETY FREAKING FIVE DEGREES outside. oh, nashville. never change.
my only issue with this fabric is that i can’t get the darts points to lie flat, no matter how many times i resewed them. they are almost completely flat irl, but the nap of the fabric highlights the point and, well… i look cold. oops. and it wrinkles pretty bad – i even ironed it before taking these pictures. oh well.
love this dress so much! if you haven’t hollered at the rooibos yet, definitely give the pattern a chance – it’s a great shape/style & it’s sooo easy to make up!