So for my final IPM2k16 entry, I took some inspiration from an Instagram post by ModCloth which really caught my eye. I ended up going for a slightly more winter-appropriate dress by adding some sleeves, and I am so happy with what I ended up with!
I chose to use the Comino Dress pattern and the Lady Skater pattern from Kitschy Koo and really hacked them to make it all work together.
I used a one-way stretch floral as my main fabric from Aunty Francis, and a 4 way stretch blue-grey for the contrast which had been in my stash a while. The combination of fabrics actually worked quite well, as the fit was going to be tightest on my arms so the 4 way stretch is a big help.
As with my previous two Kitschy Koo makes, I cut a size 8 in the pattern and it fits wonderfully with no adjustments (other than my hacks, listed below!)
For my hack I slashed the lower bodice fronts to add a contrast waistband in. I used clear elastic to reinforce both horizontal seams, for extra stability as the band is fairly stretchy and the skirt a little heavy. I blended the Lady Skater arm hole shaping onto the Comino sleeves to omit the cap sleeve and allow for long sleeves to be added. I went with t he 3/4 length Lady Skater sleeves as I think I find the length a little more practical. I also cut the sleeves, grading from a 6 out to an 8 from the top, so that they would fit a little better into the armscye. I left these intentionally a little big so I could get the slight puff effect along the top of the shoulders.
As with my second Skater from the previous challenge, I lengthened the skirt to give me a little more length and butt-coverage while seated. I also decided I wanted a bit more oomf in the skirt, so pivoted it from the fold when I cut it. The waist band corner stayed on the fold, but I had the bottom corner about 2 inches away from the fold, grading across from here. I like the added volume the skirt has with such a small adjustment! I also omitted all the topstitching on this dress – I felt that it would detract from how delicate the grey fabric is in person, and the varying bands are all staying exactly as they should without it.
Unlike last time I didn’t do a sway back adjustment. I would like to say this was down to careful planning and decision making, but that would be lying on the internet which we just can’t have! Indeed I completely forgot about my fitting issues in the back of my previous Kitschy Koo makes and just kept on making. In the end, I am really, REALLY glad I forgot, as the Comino bodice fits me perfectly without the sway back adjustment. (The folds on the pic aren’t excess fabric, just back rolls!) I am pretty impressed with the fit of this bodice and can definitely see myself using it again, and will definitely try one without the contrast waistband. (….maybe. I really quite like the look!)
Now those of you with eagle eyes will have noticed a white line running down the very centre of the floral bodice. This wasn’t there when I cut the fabric or started making the dress up. In fact, it wasn’t there until I tried it on the first time! It seems the fabric had the eensy, weensiest flaw and by sheer force of will my boobies busted it. I could have re-made the entire dress (ahahahaha. No.), but as the line is completely verticle, and in the very centre of the bust, I’ve decided to call it a design feature and keep it. I actually like it as it gives it a bit of a structured feel in my mind, which is nice in what is quite a feminine dress.
Overall, I can highly recommend both Kitschy Koo patterns I used for this dress, and also really recommend hacking them together – the skirt on the Skater is less fitted so feels a bit more dressy, and the sweetheart line of the Comino is just delightful, and together they are a perfect match.
Also, big thanks to our local pub for having such gorgeous coloured walls! We popped in and had a drink and some nachos for dinner after taking the pics – well worth it. If you’re a Quakey-city local, check out Pomeroy’s on Kilmore – excellent service and atmosphere. And good food!
Thank you so much to all our IPM2k16 organisers, sponsors, and participants – I’ve had an awesome year, and can’t wait for the next!