Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New projects

 My latest project is Butterick 5032 in a gorgeous red, yellow and white daisy print pique. A couple months ago I visited Britex Fabrics off of Union Square in San Francisco. While browsing at the gorgeous, expensive fabrics I found this lovely pique with other remnants on the top floor. Yep, the top floor of FOUR floors filled with gorgeous fabrics and notions. Any and every kind of fabric, all of them couture quality. The first Britex Fabrics was founded by Martin Spector in New York City's Garment District. In 1949 the founder and his wife were visiting San Francisco when they decided to open another store here. Three years later it opened its doors in 1952. If you're in San Francisco I suggest checking it out at 146 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94108.

I got the daisy pique on sale (on the fourth floor with the other remnants), three and an eighth yards for 35$. Still way expensive compared to the usual prices I pay online and at Joann's, but definitely worth it. This was the nicest fabric I have ever worked with. I don't know if I feel this way because I spent 35 dollars on it or if it is really that great of quality lol. Either way I am still impressed with the selection and quality of their fabric and the wonderfully helpful and informative employees. I will definitely be saving my money to go back to Britex Fabrics.

Sorry for going off on a tangent there. Back to my project! 5032 is very simple and very easy to make. Rather than making a sheath dress I used the over skirt pattern to make it a full skirted dress. I also lowered the neck line two and a half to three inches so instead of hitting at the collar bone I lowered it to hit above it now hits above the cleavage area. I also noticed the skirt pattern is shorter than most others. Usually a full skirt hits me at mid calf length but this one was at my knee. If you're taller or like longer skirts I'd recommend lengthening it before you cut your fabric out. (I tend to shorten most skirt patterns so it worked in my favor lol.) 

I am wearing this dress for my sister's 8th grade graduation so I will have pictures of it then!


1 comment:

I BLEED PINK said...

I've seen this pattern before, and didn't know it would be so cute. Love your dress!!