Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Simplicity 2659

Danye's wedding bolero is finished!
Her inspiration garment was this one
but she wanted cap sleeves and more coverage in front.  I think we came pretty darn close!
You can see the lines a little better from the back.  We used Simplicity 2659 as our starting point, but eliminated the pleats on the collar, shortened the sleeves a little and reshaped the back hemline to reveal the buttons at the back of the dress.  I also omitted all the topstitching and fully lined it.  The sleeves are kimono style and the collar is in one piece with the front pieces, which was the trickiest part of the assembly.  It was actually quite easy to sew.  My walking foot made this slippery fabric much more manageable.
I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to get the structure of the collar, but all it took was some Pro-Weft interfacing!  The fashion fabric is taffeta, which is crisp on it's own, and the Pro-Weft adds just enough body to give it structure without losing softness.
Danye will be able to pick it up Friday, and I hope she's as pleased with it as I am!

12 comments:

  1. You really captured the look she was going for! Nicely done.

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  2. It is lovely!
    The collar especially turned out really well. You are gaining a lot of valuable experience.

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  3. So pretty! I don't normally like boleros, but this is adorable. Your friend is so lucky to have you sewing for her!

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  4. I love bolero jackets; they make sleeveless dresses and tops so much more versatile! Yours is very close to the inspiration jacket.

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  5. It came out so pretty! I can't wait to see pictures on the bride with the dress.

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  6. I love the look of the sleeves! I am sure she will be thrilled with it.

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  7. Gorgeous! It will be perfect for the wedding!

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  8. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Lovely!

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