See that Breaking Bad thing I did with the “Ta” for tantalum.. cuz she’s a chemist. No, I have too much time on my hands, there’s a website that does this graphic for me. Breaking Bad generator.
A Dress for All Seasons
The Winter Street Dress is the cousin of the Summer Street Dress. Between these two dresses, you have all seasons covered. The Winter Street dress is a great for winter but also as transitional dress with the different sleeve lengths. The skirt has box pleats in the front and back giving it a tulip shape. The skirt falls above the knee which is perfect wear with tall boots in the Winter. Read more about it on the PatternReview Blog. For my Winter Street, I made a California winter version. It doesn’t get that cold here so I made the elbow length sleeve with the flounces that brings it to about 3/4 sleeve length.
The pattern recommends a medium weight knit like ponte for a structured look. For the flounce version, they recommend a fabric with drape. I wanted the structured skirt and the soft flounce sleeve, so what’s a sewist to do? I did both!! I modified the bodice to have the sheer knit fabric on top and ponte de roma fabric on the bottom. To do this I drew a horizontal-ish line at around underarm level, cut the front and back bodice along the line and added 3/8” seam allowance to each portion.
I sewed the top and bottom piece of the bodice back together and proceeded as normal. I’ve been seeing this contrast top look everywhere and really love it.
I Need More Curves
Another slight modification I did was to make the skirt a bit more tulip shaped. The skirt on the pattern is a straighter down the side seams. I needed more shaping to hide the mostly shapeless body underneath. It was really easy modification. I took a hip curve ruler and drew a gentle curve starting at the hips and gradually tapering in towards the hem. The taper should be about an 1” at the hem for a total of -4″ in hem circumference. You can free hand this if you don’t have a hip curve ruler.
Surprisingly I didn’t need too many modifications for fit. The dress is drafted for a C-cup and I’m an A-cup. I didn’t have a need for a SBA because the style is a looser fit. I also didn’t have to make any shoulder slope or petite adjustment which is a first.
I did have to make adjustment to the front bodice and skirt piece. The skirt pattern is the same for the front and the back. I have a lot more junk in the trunk. My earlier claims is a *mostly* shapeless body. I ended up taking the front in by about 1” on each side seam for a total of -2”. This caused the pleats to be too far out giving me that not-so-flattering winged look. Simple fix, I moved the pleats in closer to the center front.
The change in the front skirt also meant that I had to adjust the front bodice to match at the waist. To do this I drew a line from the underarm sleeve and tapered in at the waist 1”.
More Eye Candy
Isn’t my dress beautiful and oh so stylish?!? I really love the dress with the sleeves and contrast bodice. Read more on my Pattern Review.
Winter Street Dress Blog Tour Continues
The Winter Street Dress Blog tour has many more stops. I can’t wait to see all the different versions. Tomorrow’s stop is the brilliant Velosewer at http://www.cleverthinking99.com/ Come join us for a lot more Winter Street fun. Blog tour schedule is below.
- Sew Crafty Chemist 4/2/2014
- Detective Houndstooth 4/3/2014
- How good is that? 4/4/2014
- Trumbelina Sews 4/5/2014
- daniKate Designs 4/6/2014
- Sherril’s Sewing Saga 4/7/2014
- Sharon Sews 4/8/2014
- Stitchin’ in My Kitchen 4/9/2014
- sewing forward
- Hellou’s Handmades 4/11/2014
- Crafted by Carrie 4/12/2014
- Beyond the Basic Block 4/13/2014
- Jan Made 4/14/2014
- Julia Bobbin 4/15/2014
Happy Winter Dress Sewing,