Riviera Italia in Turquoise
I’m really excited about my next sewing project – so excited that I haven’t been able to cut the fabric. Instead, I just keep draping the nubbly turquoise silk/wool blend and lively printed silk crepe de chine around my dress form. As soon as I get up the courage to cut, I’ll be making a peplum dress for a friend out of these two pieces.
What?! Another garment for someone else?!
Well, in this case, the dress is a bit of blackmail. You see, I’m fairly private about my sewing blog. I love sharing it with all of you, but it’s really our little secret. In fact, up until a few weeks ago, a good portion of my friends didn’t even know I had a sewing blog. That is, until one of them stumbled upon it.
Our (paraphrased) conversation over text:
J: I found your sewing blog. (1) Why didn’t you tell any of us???? And (2) I want you to make me something! Haha!
J: You are leading a double life. This is crazy! And awesome.
J: I am speechelss right now.
J: Amy, this is insane.
I finally see these messages. After she’d been scrolling through old posts. For a long while.
Me: I mentioned I liked to sew.
J: That is so not the same as what reality is!
J: Lie by omission!
At this point I called her. Her demanded bribe for silence: a teal peplum dress with long sleeves. I knew the pattern immediately: BurdaStyle Peplum Top 08/2012 #113 and matching skirt #111. The two pieces will function much like my last “dress”, allowing versatility since each piece can be worn separately as well as together. But, it took me awhile to find the right fabric from Mood. I struck out for anything described as teal, but when I finally stumbled upon this Carolina Herrera silk/wool blend in turquoise, I knew I had my fabric. I wanted that texture. When I went searching for lining fabrics next, I couldn’t pass up the Riviera Italia print. It deserves to be the center of attention itself, but I can’t help but love that it will be a secret between my friend and me. Even if said friend isn’t above blackmail!
Now, to cut. I’ve even already prepped both pieces. I wasn’t quite sure what to do for the wool/silk blend, so I threw it into the dryer with a wet towel and hoped for the best. A quick press later, and it looked as gorgeous as ever. I followed my now-standard protocol for the crepe de chine and handwashed it with shampoo. At the time of this photo, it hadn’t been pressed, but it since has, so it really is ready to go.
Does anyone else find the cutting to be the most dread-provoking step in the whole sewing process? Once something’s cut, it’s cut. Scary stuff, man.
Update: I forgot to mention that I bought these fabrics with my Mood Sewing Network allowance. Also, be forewarned that the vertical repeat is actually only 38″. I’d just started laying everything out to cut when I realized my pattern pieces were never going to fit! I needed those extra 18″ I was expecting! Now to get creative…