Peacock Kaleidoscopic Neoprene!

It is said the two best days in the life of a boat owner are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat.  I’d like to extend the joke to writing a book…… thrilled to sign the contract, but good gosh, were we ever happy to put the manuscript in the hands of the publisher!

Honestly, how do some people manage to live these beautifully balanced lives?
Writing and planning another wedding tipped the scales to all work and no play. But now, I am back at play…

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Recently I’ve been on multiple shopping trips with Mimi, my bride-to-be, who is in search of wedding festivity attire. Neoprene is everywhere……. and the dresses I saw were either column-like and designed for a 5’10″ model, or featured a fitted bodice with a very flared skirt ………. and they were expensive.

I ordered Mood Fabric’s Peacock Kaleidoscopic Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene with Vogue 9047 in mind; a pattern I made in the sleeveless version last Spring.

IMG_3657While the pattern is simple, the fabric required careful placement.

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e v e r y w h e r e……

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I really love the flattering and slightly raised waistline of the dress,

V9047and hoped placing the darker portion of the design at the top of skirt pattern piece would create an illusion of a longer, leaner me ;)

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This is my third neoprene project, and I’ve learned to keep a silk organza press cloth close by as this fabric does not like direct heat. Otherwise neoprene is very easy to sew.

After watching my co-author, Julie whip together a garment in record breaking time using the flat sleeve placement, I followed suit easily manipulating the ease of the sleeve in place. Within a few minutes both sleeves were attached, problem-free.

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This method affected the remaining construction order which was unproblematic since the pattern is such an easy one. Rather than sew the side seams of the bodice together followed by the side seams of the skirt together and attaching the two in a circular seam at the waist, I attached the skirt to the bodice front as a flat piece, repeated at the back. Beginning with the bottom edge of the sleeve, I pinned the front and back together finishing at the lower edge of the skirt. The dress sewn together as two flat pieces with  two very long seams worked beautifully on this fabric and pattern combination. The seam allowances were finished with the serger prior to hemming the sleeves and dress.

I attached a lightweight piece of fusible knit interfacing to the lower edge of the hem  before folding and topstitching (enlarge to see better)…..

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ant then folded under 1″, stitched at 3/4″ and trimmed 1/4″ next to the stitching line for a neat finish. The interfacing stabilizes the fabric, and the Fiskers gold-plated scissors are designed to lie flat while cutting enabling an easy and close trim.

IMG_3664Speaking of hems, I placed the hemline a little longer hitting the knee to keep me warm during our cool Fall weather ;)
Seriously, the pattern illustration features an almost knee-length hem which is nicely proportioned to the raised waistline,

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and a great safety net for spontaneous celebratory moments.

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 HAPPY SEWING EVERYONE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments


  • Kate
    October 26, 2015

    This is both exuberant and elegant all at once. And of course, I love the way you styled your beautiful garment.

    Thank you for such an informative post. I followed every link; I love delving into all the details of such a beautiful creation. I feel so inspired by you!

    Two thumbs up!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      What a lovely comment, Kate! Many thanks and I hope the links were helpful :)

  • Sallie
    October 26, 2015

    As always – you look so elegant! I love this print on you! It’s so fun and fantastic! And the placement is spot on – you look super sleek! I have yet to sew with neoprene, but these printed ones from Mood always intrigue me. They seem much thinner than neoprene I’ve bought before (and which sits in my stash as a giant rubbery thing… because… what am I supposed to do with that???)

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Thanks, Sallie! These neoprenes sew beautifully and to me are a very nice weight. Hope you’ll try one soon :)

  • Kimberly
    October 26, 2015

    That is the most beautiful dress. What a wonderful job you’ve done. :-)

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Thank you so much, Kimberly!

  • Jane M
    October 26, 2015

    Wonderful dress with such beautiful colors. Congrats on the book and the sewing projects. It’s never easy to fit everything into a full life.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Thank you so much, Jane, and you’re right…… it’s never easy ;)

  • Adriana de Bruin
    October 26, 2015

    Glad you are back , i have missed you

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Likewise, Adriana! I have so missed being connected and am happy to be back :)

  • Amanda S.
    October 26, 2015

    Wow! You got the fabric placement just right I think. It’s a beautiful dress on you and so flattering.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Many thanks, Amanda! I knew the fabric placement would make it or break it ;)

  • Lori
    October 26, 2015

    Beautiful dress and it looks amazing on you.

  • Carol
    October 26, 2015

    You do realize that color looks fantastic on you?? I love the placement of the design on the fabric, you did an outstanding job! Love it!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Thank you, Carol! I questioned the color as teal is not my color, but there is enough turquoise in the fabric to make it work :) :)

  • Rhonda Lane Gatti
    October 26, 2015

    I missed your posts. I am so happy to see you have returned to the blogging world. Stunning dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Thank you for your nice comment, Rhonda! I’m happy to be back and sewing for fun again.

  • KaterinaCouture
    October 26, 2015

    Looks fantastic! Very tasteful and fashionable as always.
    I want to try and make a pencil skirt out of this fabric. But I noticed that your skirt doesn’t have darts. Does it sew like knit? Is it stretchy? Should I use a knit pattern for my skirt?
    Thank you!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Hi Katerina!
      The fabric has a nice stretch across the grain and sews like a very stable knit. My skirt portion doesn’t need darts because of the overall close fit.
      Many thanks for the comment :)

  • Deborah
    October 27, 2015

    Love this fabric. I have had it in my shopping cart for several months. You provided the perfect pattern suggestion for it. Have made one or two of the patterns you suggest. Have never been disappointed by those patterns.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 27, 2015

      Thank you, Deborah! I’m glad I kept it simple which helped strategic fabric placement ;)

  • Fiona
    November 8, 2015

    Wow Sarah, you have so made the most of the print with the way you have placed it. Beautiful work! Thanks for all the construction tips too, I’m still to take the plunge with neoprene but knowing how to handle it makes it all the more likely!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 14, 2015

      Thank you, Fiona! You must give it a try :)