Mapping My Mood – Part Two

Editor’s note: Guest blogger Karen of the blog Did You Make That is back again, with a post about her continued progress on the dress she’s making from a fabric she got at Mood several months ago. We’re glad to have her back!

Details of Construction

As I asked in a recent blog post, can one learn patience? Well, if you’ve been waiting for updates on my travails with the Craftsy Couture Dress course with Susan Khalje the answer is a resounding – yes!

I’m so sorry, readers. I did the worst a sewing blogger can. I allowed myself to become distracted by a sewalong. The Pyjama Party Tofino Style sewalong, to be exact. But that’s all behind me now, and I have re-engaged with my Vogue 8648. Just in time, because I need your help.

If you recall, back at the start of May (eek!) I was trying to piece together sections of the fabric gifted me by Mood – a Marc Jacobs wool that featured both plaid and giant glitter polka dots. No sweat, then! Each polka dot was printed at incrementally different sections of the plaid, which made pattern matching akin to traversing Dante’s seven gates of hell. Still, I was glad to be getting somewhere. As I basted together my sections, I began to feel a smidgin of pride. Oh get thee behind me, pride!

Pattern Matching

When I looked at my front dress section pieced together, I began to have doubts.

Dress Front View

I’d been going for something akin to the optical illusion dress look, as most famously worn by Kate Winslet. (I know, I know…) Yet, it immediately struck me that my pattern lines didn’t give me shape. Indeed, they seemed to have robbed me of any waist definition at all!

Dress Side On

These pieces are hand basted together. Easy enough to pull apart. They’re also underlined with silk organza, but I don’t mind taking that work apart either. Wanna see what the flip side of a dress looks like, when every single piece is underlined with silk organza?

Dress Underlined

What’s your opinion, folks? Should the waist sections be a solid black all around the torso, to remind others and myself where my waist is? I think I already know what your answer is going to be. So much careful pattern matching, about to be thrown out of the window.

But, hey. I experimented. I was careful enough to follow Susan Khalje’s instructions and hand baste with slippery silk thread. This situation could be a lot worse. You live and learn.

Tell me, readers. Do you like the tube effect or would you prefer to see some waist definition? I’m relying on Mood’s expert readers to show me the light!



  • Wendy
    July 8, 2013

    Why not make the waistband section in the plaid and polkadot fabric all around? (or make the waistband contrasting; plaid waist in the black area, black waist in the plaid area) I think it would look really nice, and show off the waist much better…

    • Bella
      July 8, 2013

      I would like to see Wendy’s idea…not sure it would work, but might be interesting if it does. I too, need waist definition, so don’t even think I’d attempt this particular item. Good luck & nice to see you blogging on this side of the pond (cyberly, anyway).

  • didyoumakethat
    July 8, 2013

    Ooh, intriguing and much food for thought. Thank you!

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 8, 2013

    It’s looking good! I too, like Wendy’s suggestion – good luck!

  • ThisisCarrie
    July 8, 2013

    I agree with Wendy, I’d make that front waist piece out of the plaid fabric for sure. I admire your patience and attention to detail!

  • Nancy
    July 8, 2013

    I really like it just the way it is. The curves are enough to define a waist, IMO.

  • Carol S,
    July 8, 2013

    It would be easy enough to “test” both ways in the basting stage. If the black looks better I think I might like it as belt only attached at the seams.

  • Caroline
    July 8, 2013

    Rather than ripping apart and rebasting the whole dress to try a new look, why not start with drawings? I have found it fairly easy in the past to copy the line drawing off of Big 4 websites and paste several times into a document to be my personal coloring book to test different color-blocking ideas. Good luck!

  • Sue K
    July 8, 2013

    I think it looks like it will be very flattering on you, and will do exactly what you wanted. Any chance you can try it on, and take a mirror photo now, before you change anything? I wouldn’t rush into changes, before trying it on yourself.

    • Sewing Princess
      July 8, 2013

      I agree with Sue. I would try it on before taking any decisions…and knowing the dress is very fitted you may not need to take it apart. I just wouldn’t do any contrast at the bust area as on Kate’s dress which to me is not very flattering on her.

  • Carol
    July 8, 2013

    Instead to taking it apart, why not wear it with a black patent leather or self fabric belt.

  • Lori
    July 8, 2013

    I like it as it is now. I agree with the belt idea to change things up. Gorgeous so far.

  • Laura
    July 9, 2013

    … or you can make a belt from your plaid fabric and add it in the middle area . It will look like this