It’s time for another edition of Who Sewed It Better, a friendly competition in which Jess of The Sewing Rabbit and I duke it out to see, well, who sewed it better. We usually sew up the exact same pattern, but this time we decided to sew up a pattern from The Stepford Seven.
For my look, I decided to choose the most challenging one I could think of: The Pencil. This one challenged me not because it’s hard to sew, but because I’m a curvy girl and let’s face it, it’s hard to make a flattering fitted pencil dress.
Paired with my Julia Cardigan, more on that HERE.
I made some adjustments to the pattern to flatter my body. I added 3 inches to the length so it would hit right below the knee. I also took a few inches off the pleated part, because well pleats and my hips don’t get along very well.
The fabric is a vintage wool that I received from my mother-in-law. That was a great fabric choice, as long as I’m standing completely still and don’t ever want to sit down. While I was driving to this lovely Christmas tree stand I could feel the wool wrinkling.
Then, even though I was wearing tights and spanx AND a slip, I had to adjust the skirt every time I moved to smooth it out.
My original idea was to make this dress out of silver brocade, but silver brocade is expensive whereas this wool was already in my stash. I think the silver brocade would have worked a lot better and I plan to make myself one if I ever have time. Which will be never.
But I’ll definitely bring it to the church and change there! 😉
Click HERE to see Jess’s holiday creation! You may also see some goofy pictures of me, looking like a giant next to Jess. We’re totally like Beyonce and Solange, we’ll let you decide which is which 😉