The Hundred Dresses: Day 82

There’s something fishy about this Heidi:

Koi Heidi

Here’s the original post for this dress, from back in 2010.

Koi Heidi  bodice

I bought the fabric back in 2007. (I still haven’t sewn up the other fabric from that post.) I kind of wish I had more of it — I mean, wouldn’t you? I’d also like to have bright orange koi on a gray background, kind of like this graffiti art by Jeremy Novy.

Koi Heidi print

The neck binding is a bit roll-y:

Koi Heidi  neckline

The zipper is nice, though! The pocket lining is just plain off-white batiste.

Koi Heidi side

And the back:

Koi Heidi back

The Hundred Dresses: Day 81

ANOTHER orange-stripe Heidi; this one is matchier:

orange stripe Heidi

I really liked this fabric, it’s a heavy sateen:

orange stripe Heidi bodice

The zip turned out okay …

orange stripe Heidi side zip

Pink pockets!

orange stripe Heidi pockets

And the back (still matchy):

orange stripe Heidi back

I think after tomorrow we’ll take a break from Heidi for a few days. What do you think?

The Hundred Dresses: Day 80

Another day, another Heidi:

blue slash Heidi

This one was mentioned briefly back in 2010:

blue slash Heidi bodice

I think that this fabric fell into the category of “there isn’t possibly enough for a full-skirted dress but I love it so much I will buy it anyway,” and then voila! there was enough for a Heidi. It’s a nice crisp corded cotton with a gorgeous hand. In my opinion, there is not enough corded cotton in the world. Why doesn’t Liberty make corded cotton? I shall write a letter.

The side zip, pretty good:

blue slash Heidi side zip

And the back view.

blue slash Heidi back

I wore this one on Sunday with these sandals, which are, in my opinion, the coolest and most comfortable ones I’ve ever owned (they seem pricey now but they were on sale a while back):

kork-easeYvette

Amazingly comfortable and really good for those of us with wider feet — they can be adjusted at both the ankle and toe, so you don’t have that thing where your ankles are swimming and your toes are pinched, which is the worst. Highly recommended. I got the black; if there are any in my size left at the end of summer sale I may be tempted to get the brown or even the denim-y blue colorways …

The Hundred Dresses: Day 79

Another Heidi. I really love ticking-stripe fabric, and to find it in orange … well, I had to have it:

orange ticking Heidi

It turned out to be a very creamsicle-ish dress:

orange ticking Heidi bodice

The original post for this dress did not show the wonky side zip:

orange ticking Heidi side zip

I’m not sure what happened with that. Is it just me, or is it harder to find instructions on increasing the waist measurement than it is to find instructions for any other alteration? Is it just assumed to be easy, or does no one but me do it, or what? I find that whenever I have a weird side-seam problem, it’s usually because of some wonky alteration I’ve done. (While looking I did find this, though.)

orange ticking Heidi back

I don’t wear this dress all that often, I’m not sure why. I do love orange …

The Hundred Dresses: Day 78

This is without a doubt my favorite Heidi:

Scribble Heidi

This is one of the few dresses that I’ve reworked after learning more about the pattern — the first version is here. The original neckline was a bit too wide — luckily I had enough extra of this fabric, because the Heidi sews up with virtually nothing.

Scribble Heidi bodice

This dress is just so fun to wear. I like to wear it with bright chartreuse tights.

Side zip, eh. The Heidi side zips are open at the top (go right into the armhole) so it’s important to make sure that you cover the scratchy bits.

Scribble Heidi side

And the back:

Scribble Heidi back

I realized while getting the next batch of dresses ready for their closeups that whoa, I have made a LOT of Heidis. I don’t think all of them are going to make the Hundred Dresses cut! Maybe I should do a separate series of just Heidis? I’ll try to do at least a roundup. I don’t wear them as much as I used to because they’re not as well-suited for biking (they can be biked in, it’s just not as easy as in a fuller skirt).

The Hundred Dresses: Day 76

I had really high hopes for this Heidi:

pink shirting Heidi

I love the pink and red and gray colorway:

pink shirting Heidi bodice

I kind of bailed on trying to match the stripes, since I think it’s impossible to match stripes and gathers:

pink shirting Heidi back

Pockets, lined in batiste:

pink shirting Heidi pocket

Side zip:

pink shirting Heidi side zip

The whole dress is lined in batiste, actually:

pink shirting Heidi inside 2

I’m not sure why I lined the dress, the fabric didn’t really need it. Probably just to see if I could:

pink shirting Heidi inside

But this is why I hardly ever wear it, and why it’s going in the Goodwill pile, finally — there’s a subtle flaw in the fabric and I managed to cut it right across the front bodice. Arrgh:

pink shirting Heidi flaw

I know it’s almost imperceptible, but I know it’s there, and it drives me crazy. So … oh well. I scrutinize fabric a LOT more now, especially bargain fabrics (which this was). If I find a flaw, I mark it (on BOTH sides) with blue painters tape, so that I can’t help but see it when I’m cutting.