Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The last of Anouk, for now.

Yesterday afternoon the sun came out for about a half hour, so I scrambled to get my Anouk fixed.  I'd been waiting for some light - necessary for making tiny pintucks on deep black fabric with black thread!  I'm pleased to say that my "fix" doesn't look too bad, and the dress fits much better now - no gaping.  I'm happy enough with it that I won't be removing the yoke and doing it again.  I did, however, transfer my needed change to my pattern piece:


I decided to make two pintucks on each side of the yoke and have them angle to between the tucks on the bodice.  Since the amount of fabric I needed to remove was pretty large, it was easy to break it in two.  I hand basted my tucks first, and then sewed each one at 1/8".  While I was at it, I switched to snazzier buttons:


A few of you suggested that having the black buttons was just too much black, and you were right.  Funnily, these are the buttons I originally wanted to use, but I thought they were too stark.  I tried to soften it a little by using magenta thread:


I'm much happier with the dress now, so I'm calling it finished and putting it in the closet to await spring.  At which time, she'll come back out so I can model it for you!

25 comments:

  1. Both of your changes look great! I'd love to see it modeled, but I'm not in any hurry to get to warmer weather... ;-)

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    1. Yeah, warmer in your neck of the woods really means "unbearable!"

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  2. So glad the pin tucks worked and that you are happy with the dress. I hope this becomes your go to dress for spring!

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    1. I don't know about that - I think the knit dresses are going to take that prize! But it's wearable!

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  3. I'm pretty sure I will have the exact same issue when I finally make my anouk, too. The pintucks look really nice when you had to correct the first one. I probably will be altering my pattern. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Forewarned is forearmed, right? I'll be interested to see yours!

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  4. Oh yes, these little fixes look lovely. The pintucks look as if they were supposed to be there all along!

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    1. Thank you! That's quite a compliment!

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  5. love the new buttons and yay for fixing the dress! can't wait to see it on.

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    1. I've had these buttons for so long, I'm really happy I finally got to use them on something!

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  6. Aah, it looks perfect. Pintucks were a great idea and I'm glad the buttons worked out. They really freshen up the dress. Come on Spring so we can see it on!

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    1. Just Come On Spring period! Not too much longer, I hope!

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  7. I knew you could do it! I will definitely be looking forward to spring-like weather!

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    1. Yep! When my old-lady eyes have some light to see with, things go much easier, LOL!

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  8. Oh, yay, what a great fix! The pintucks look so intentional!

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  9. Your modifications worked their magic. Can't wait to see you wearing come Spring.

    Btw, good for you to update your pattern for next time.

    Hugs

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    1. Yes, I figured I'd better do it while the change was fresh in my mind!

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  10. Nice work, glad you were able to make a good fix. Looks great and you wouldn't know it wasn't intentional!

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    1. Thank you! I think they actually help to break up that expanse of black in a very nice way.

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  11. Way to save the dress! The pintucks look like they should be there. They compliment the dress quite well. I really love this dress. Looking forward to you modeling it in the spring!

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  12. While I know nothing about sewing, these modifications look terrific.

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