Readers, a word of advice: never say you'll make a dress for somebody, assuming that by the time you get around to it they will have forgotten. THEY WILL NOT FORGET. And you must make the dress.
Some of my younger readers with sharper memories may remember that back in October, my sister-in-law, Prachee (that's her up top) asked me to make her a dress -- or I offered; I can't remember which. In any case, she even sent me a photo of a dress she saw on Madison Avenue that she wanted me to copy. It's this:
When she and my brother went to India last December, she came back with fabric for the dress. (She means business.) So yesterday, after a belated birthday lunch with them, she came over and I took her measurements.
She's basically a contemporary pattern size 12 pattern (or very close) and in my stash I happened to have a size 12 Vogue sloper I picked up a long time ago at the flea market along with a bundle of other old patterns. It goes to show you: you never know when these things are going to come in handy. Have you ever made a commercial sloper? Do they even still sell these things?
Anyway, this morning I searched for the fabric she brought back from India and I couldn't find it anywhere. I don't know how you organize your fabric stash but mine is a bit of a mess. Won't you join me on a quick tour?
This is what my stash looks like on a good day.
I used to have one box that was just old sheets for making muslins, another for old muslins I was saving, another for fabric people have sent me, another for large pieces left over from projects, etc., but somehow everything has gotten a bit mixed up.
Within a few of the boxes are bags with assorted stillborn projects. Remember Mom's skirt? Eek!
How about Michael's suit? (Belch)
What's this vintage dead stock long-line bra doing here?
Still couldn't find Prachee's fabric; I looked everywhere!
Then, right on my bedside table next to the printer, in a clear plastic bag, there was the fabric and trim! It's sort of a coarse gray silk.
We'll see if this works for the dress or not. It's a little stiff, imo and the trim is just OK. We may want to upgrade...
I hope to have a muslin for her to try on by next Tuesday (that's when we're scheduled for a fitting). And then we'll take it from there.
Readers, two questions, no three:
1) Have you ever made a dress for your sister-in-law?
2) Was it a positive experience?
3) Do you store your fabric in well-labeled boxes, all neat and everything?
I feel fortunate that Prachee will probably be a pretty easy fit and the sheath-like dress shouldn't be too difficult to pull off, right? Right? I know one thing for sure: I must make this dress.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!