Another day, another Heidi:
This one was mentioned briefly back in 2010:
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:
And the back view.
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):
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 …
Another Heidi. I really love ticking-stripe fabric, and to find it in orange … well, I had to have it:
It turned out to be a very creamsicle-ish dress:
The original post for this dress did not show the wonky 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.)
I don’t wear this dress all that often, I’m not sure why. I do love orange …
This is without a doubt my favorite 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.
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.
And the 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).
Today’s dress is another Simplicity 5232, in a Liberty print that I don’t know the name of. I don’t know why I don’t make this more often …
Oh wait, maybe I do … it’s a pretty labor-intensive dress.
Yellow buttons again. I really like yellow buttons.
Towards the end I realized that the buttonholes were going to need more reinforcement than the Liberty Tana lawn was capable of, so I quick-and-dirty basted some silk organza down the front facing:
This dress is five years old, and the bias tape I used to finish the collar was probably about fifty years old, going by the original packaging. So it’s showing its age a bit:
I topstitched the collar, for pretty much no reason:
The funniest thing about this dress: I’m pretty sure I put in that back bodice piece upside down. I just eased it until it worked. Oh well!
I don’t have a full-length back picture of this one, for some reason.
I had really high hopes for this Heidi:
I love the pink and red and gray colorway:
I kind of bailed on trying to match the stripes, since I think it’s impossible to match stripes and gathers:
Pockets, lined in batiste:
The whole dress is lined in batiste, actually:
I’m not sure why I lined the dress, the fabric didn’t really need it. Probably just to see if I could:
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:
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.
This is another Butterick 6820, a full Butterick 6820, much more recent than Wednesday’s.
It is a really fun dress, isn’t it?
I love the combination of mustard and red (this is some fabric I bought in Japan):
The collar turned out okay, not great:
The biggest problem with this dress is that the sleeve wings make it difficult to throw a cardigan on over it — you get lumpy uncomfortable bunching right at the bicep.
The pockets are HUGE:
I did another side-placket zipper with this one, mostly because I didn’t have a red invisible zipper handy:
Here’s the back:
I suppose now that I’ve made two bird-themed Butterick 6820s I should be on the lookout for one more birdish fabric to use, right? Since good things come in threes?
This is my absolute favorite Vogue 9929:
It’s a Liberty print, one that I’m pretty sure is called Kalumba. It’s twill — I have made two other skirts with it (one in a brown/turquoise, and one in a pale blue), and I have some if it in pale blue silk that someday, when I’m feeling invincible, I will cut into. (It is the most beautiful fabric in the world.)
I love these colors together:
I like to wear this with a pale lavender cardigan and a bright orange belt, and I like that I was able to position the print just so on the bodice:
The side zip is just ‘eh’:
And the back:
I wish I’d bought all of this fabric that was ever made … I still look for more from time to time.
I made this dress back in 2007:
Here’s a closeup view of the bodice:
A few of the commenters on the original posting were all “Couldn’t you have matched the print?” and now I think they were right.
The bodice is Butterick 6820, but I can’t remember what the skirt was (other than not Butterick 6820). It’s a good skirt, though, so I should figure it out … I think it’s the same skirt as from the Eiffel Tower dress.
Here’s the sleeve detail:
And pocket detail:
Here’s the side zip — a placket and ordinary (not invisible) zipper!
If you look not-all-that-closely you will see that the birds are UPSIDE DOWN on the back bodice:
Even though I had a traumatic pen accident with this dress, I can’t seem to take it out of my closet:
(There’s a [very old] picture of me wearing this dress here.)
I made this dress ages and ages ago — back in 2005. It’s another McCalls 8858:
It’s a bit Maleficent, isn’t it, with this neckline?
Here’s the side zip:
And the back:
I think this was when I was in some doubt about the right size pattern for me, bodice-wise, and kept buying 36s and 38s and wondering why they didn’t fit well in the shoulders. (I re-bought this pattern in a 34 and have been happy with it ever since, although now I have to adjust the waist on everything.) So I don’t wear this one very often, in part because of the fit issue (I altered the shoulders to fit, but it’s not perfect) and in part because I feel like I’ve worn this a couple times to events I was greatly anticipating only to have them fall sadly flat — far short of my (probably unrealistic) expectations. There’s nothing worse than getting dressed up for something and having it fizzle out … I probably should put this in the Goodwill pile and let it be luckier for someone else!
Oh, and in The Hundred Dresses-the-book news, I’ve now seen the first photo of the book on shelves in the wild, thanks to my sister, who saw it in Kinokuniya! Doesn’t it look fab, if I say so myself?
This dress was an indulgence:
It doesn’t really show up against the light background — it’s from this pattern:
It’s an indulgence because I really don’t need a light-colored seersucker dress (especially as cold as it’s been this month!) and things have been so busy that if I’m sewing, it should be sensible things. But I really loved this pattern, and the minute I saw it I knew I wanted to make it in stripes, with the yoke stripes going in the opposite direction from the bodice stripes.
Here’s a better look at the bodice:
And the yoke stitching detail:
The pattern wanted to you to turn in the yoke piece 1/4 inch and then topstitch it, but I thought that was a nightmare scenario … so fussy! So I faced the piece with some very very lightweight batiste, and then topstitched the faced piece:
Here’s the side zip:
And a closeup of the inverted pleats — the pattern wanted me to stitch them down, and I tried it, but it didn’t work with my body type (cough, apple, cough) so I picked out those stitches and let it be open pleats:
And here’s the back:
I definitely want to make this again … good thing I have lots of striped fabric stockpiled!