One of my goals for my fall/winter sewing was to make more skirts & dresses. To that end, I've chosen this dress (#129) from September 2007 BWOF as my next project. Notice how the bottom of the v-neckline stops right between the darts. If I were twenty-five years younger I'd call it décolletage. Since I'm in my 50's, I call it too darn low or just plain unflattering. Thanks to Ann's (Gorgeous Things) tutorial on raising necklines, that problem will be easy to fix. I have other concerns about how this dress will look on me. I don't really have a waistline and I usually wear two piece dresses to conceal the area where my waist would be if I had one. The belt will either call attention to my NDW (Non-Discernible Waist) or provide the illusion of a waist where none exists.
I'm using a knit I bought from JoAnn's last fall. Other blogging sewers have used this fabric; Sewl Sister #1, for one. For some reason, I don't sew a lot of knits. Maybe, I'll finish this knit dress, see it on my body and suddenly remember why I don't sew knits. I think maybe I might recall getting really wavy seams on a project in the hazy, distant past, but adjusting the differential feed on my serger should solve that problem. I plan to look over "Sewing with Knits" before starting this dress.
Cutting out this project has presented challenges. The larger pieces (left front and right front) need to be cut on a single layer of fabric. My cutting table isn't positioned or wide enough to allow easy access for cutting out a single layer. I can't layout everything at once so I can't preview how all the pieces fit best on the fabric. Since I can't spread out the entire 60" width of fabric, I've be laying out and cutting 1 or 2 pieces at a time. I'm praying I'll have enough fabric to cut out all the necessary pieces. I've come to terms with "slow sewing"; now I have to contend with "slow cutting".