Monday, May 9, 2016

Kwik Sew 3873 and Cashmerette Concord Mash-Up: Reveal


I took this past Thursday and Friday off with big plans to sew for 4 days. Well, all I managed to finish was my mash-up of Kwik Sew 3873 with a Cashmerette Concord Tee bodice, but I'm happy with my new dress so it's a win. The weather was just too nice on Saturday to stay inside all day but the biggest speed bump was my second thoughts about all these prints together, resulting in a bad case of analysis paralysis.


Cutting went very quickly, especially considering how many pieces there are. Since I was using 3 different fabrics and most pattern pieces were able to be "nested," I still have plenty left of each print for future projects.


I had the print mix in my mind before I started, but once I had everything cut out, I started second-guessing myself and visualizing Mrs. Frizzle. I ended up staring at it all on my cutting table for about a day before I finally decided to just do it. Once I actually started, the sewing went fast. The Kwik Sew pieces for the skirt curvy sections have notches that line up perfectly, making alignment and construction very straightforward. And since I morphed the already-tested Cashmerette Concord Tee for the bodice section, fitting alterations were eliminated.


With the bodice and skirt sections stitched, it was time for some more navel gazing. I had initially cut out sleeves from the same print as the bodice but then thought maybe I wanted contrasting sleeves. I put out a call for an informal poll on Instagram and the opinions were about equal for both options.


I decided the matching sleeves were a little less Crazytown and since I already had them cut out, they won. I'm happy with that decision. A contrast neckband finished up the print mixing.


I shortened the sleeves about 2-1/2 inches compared to the KS pattern (not the Concord sleeve) because while I wanted to try the longer short sleeve length, I decided it was too frumpy on me. After the first full try-on, I also shortened the back bodice 1 inch at the center graduating to 0 at the side seams. This was more to fine-tune the morph of the Concord in lieu of a real muslin. It also meant frog-stitching the back waist seam, but since I hadn't serged that seam, it was fairly painless.

Finally, since I have to carry a key card at work and without pockets I have nowhere to hang it, I added a loop at the front right waist seam for clipping the card onto it. I have to say that I LOVE this feature. Dorky, but so useful!


All of the mirror pics show how I wore this dress to work today, including my key card. It's the end of the day so I'm a little wilted but life is life. I'm never going to win for most beautiful blog pics. Hah.


And one more just because. The bottom "hem" isn't really. I just left the cut edge raw. After wearing all day, I think it probably grew a little too long and I may go ahead and hem it at some point when I want to veg with Netflix and pin a million pins on a very wide skirt hem. In other words, don't anyone hold their breath on that one. :-)


Final verdict: I love the dress! It fits nicely, thanks to the Concord bodice (by the way, if you're busty/curvy, go get this tee now! I am not affiliated, yada yada ... just really happy with the pattern). The dress skims lumps and bumps,and the twirl/swish factor is awesome. I even like the print mix again. It feels summery and fun. I'll definitely be visiting this pattern morph again, just in a more subdued way. I think I'd like it as a skirt too.

Parting shot: My Mother's Day gift from Alex ... New ceramic pots and colorful crotons to put in them. I love them!


56 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Great idea to hack the Concord bodice onto such a fun skirt. I love the print combination, too. You nailed it!

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    1. Thanks Meg. I thought I loved the print combo when I started and then just froze when I was too up close and personal. Hah! I love it again now.

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  2. This looks awesome. :)I should look up that Kwik Sew.

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely a nice pattern.

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  3. I really like your fabric combination. The dress looks great on you.

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  4. I really like all the prints--looks like a winner!

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  5. analysis paralysis! mrs frizzle! KEY CARD LOOP! there is too much to love in this post. i think all the thinking paid off :)

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    1. I think you're right. :-) Thanks Marcy!

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  6. I love it. Love it. Keeping the prints in a neutral color range makes it really cohesive yet very visually interesting. The shape of the skirt falls so nicely.

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    1. Thank you Virginia. I love the skirt part. It's drafted perfectly to use not too much fabric but give just enough swirl.

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  7. The dress is great, but I think the key card feature is genius, seriously. Why sew of you can't build in useful features?

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    1. Thanks Helene! The simple loop was one of those "ah hah!" moments. I know I'm going to love having it on this dress.

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  8. 4 days for a fabulous dress AND some "life" outside is pretty good going, especially with a mix of fabrics and patterns. And the fabrics work so well together - you nailed it :).

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle. Yeah, having a life on the weekends really cuts into my sewing time but I try to keep a balance. I really need to convince myself to sew for just 15 minutes each weeknight.

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  9. I'm partial to adding useful features to my creations - the key card loop wins.
    Dress is fresh looking and who doesn't understand the twirl factor?

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    1. I wish I could retrofit a loop onto all of my non-pocket work outfits.

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  10. This dress is a real winner! You look great in it and I love the combination of prints in black/white. I am going to give that Concord pattern a try since I am a 38 DD now. Great job.

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    1. The Concord is definitely a winner! I hope you like it too.

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  11. Your dress is pretty and fun. Re sleeves, I recently started thinking that sleeves in a contrasting dark color create a slimmer effect. Haven't tried it with my own sewing yet, so this idea is from looking at photos.

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    1. I agree Carol, which is why I contemplated the darker sleeves. But I felt with this dress, yet another area of print contrast was just one too many.

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  12. love the combination of fabrics, you chose so perfectly. and great fit on a very pretty dress. love it.

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  13. Very nice dress! I love the layers on the skirt.

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  14. Lovely dress, it looks so good on you.

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  15. The dress is awesome! Black and white prints always work! And I feel you on the Concord love...I need to make more.

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I'm definitely making more too. I have some new prints that will pair nicely with skirt solids for quick and easy (sew and wear) work outfits.

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  16. Oooh, that is SO FUN! I love it!
    You probably already do this, but I find using the differential feed on the serger to gather up the hem makes it easier to fold up a full circle skirt... no fighting with the fabric!

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    1. I do need some of your pretty colorful necklaces (and scarves) to finish the look, but I think I'm just too cheap. Haha! Yes, I usually use the serger for circle hems but since I'm going to coverstitch this one (if I actually get that far), I'll probably just sit on the sofa one night and pin as I eyeball it.

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  17. Pretty dress and front porch, and I love the Ms Frizzle reference.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! The front porch is still a work in progress. The actual porch has stuff on it nearly a year later that shouldn't be there but doesn't fit anywhere else. More downsizing in my future ...

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  18. Analysis paralysis? Ha - that's me! I love your dress. The different print combinations make it fun. You did a great job combining those prints. Fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Tomasa. I am definitely enjoying the fun factor of the print mix. It makes the black feel more summery.

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  19. This is such a fun and flirty dress! Looks great on you, Debbie!

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  20. Great dress and it fits beautifully!

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  21. Man, Debbie, that tee fits sooooooooo nicely. You've convinced me to get it.

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    1. Thank you L. I do think this pattern has good bones. But remember, I did do some initial adjustments so make a tester first.

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  22. What a wonderful mix of prints-cute dress and nice pics throughout this post (I wouldn't win either!).

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    1. Haha Mary! Sometimes I wish my photos were more ethereal like many other bloggers but then I wake up. Hee hee ...

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  23. Really cute dress & I love how you mixed the prints - they work so well together ! Great job

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  24. This looks amazing on you! The fit on the Concord top is really wonderful, and after seeing your Concord I bought one for myself. Can't wait to get to it.

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  25. Oh my gosh, it is SO CUTE. I love the mixed prints - I think they look very good together! The whole dress turned out great and looks awesome on you. :)

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  26. Awesome print mixing. Love this dress.

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  27. Love your print mixing! I also loved the odd sleeve version. It was very artistic...which might have been hard to live with.

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  28. Cute, cute dress and I love the mixed prints. Great idea on the tab for your card key. I have to wear a badge at work to get in and out of buildings and sometimes I have nothing to clip it to.

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  29. Love it. I bet every woman in your office is jealous of your tab for your card. The patterns work so well together and I love the way the dress fits you.

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  30. Love the dress on you, perfect.

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