This is the second version of the Sis Boom Angie Dress – first one blogged here.
I think my one big con of this pattern is that it requires bias binding. (But really thats just a personal preference, lots of people don’t mind it at all.) I hate bias binding. I hate making it and sewing with it. If I can ever get my mom to teach me to line a bodice I may line these and make a lot more of them. For some reason, the whole idea of turning the lining and the bodice right side out through a shoulder seam just baffles me. Oh, and I guess there is one other small thing. They have you sew elastic to the back skirt/bodice seam. I have yet to do that technique on anything and have it look good. I’m going with a casing for the elastic from here on out.
This one is a bit of a refashion I guess. I took an old skirt that I thrifted years ago, cut off the waist band, and attached it to the bodice of the Angie.
The top is a purple cotton bottomweight, the skirt was originally from Fashion Bug. It was not a good look for me, but I loved the fabric.
For this version, I added a second dart, this one in the neckline, and moved both the vertical dart and the new dart. The vertical dart is now a horizontal bust dart, and the neckline dart is now in the armscye. I had fun learning how to move darts around to do it. I’ve never done much with darts.
Some inside shots:
I’m interested to see how different my current version of this pattern’s bodice is from the original. I think I may print one off to compare. Initially I added quite a bit, and then I’ve been taking bits and pieces away since then. I also did a broad upper back adjustment this time.
Bias binding EVERYWHERE!
And because you can’t have a twirly dress (as my daughter calls them) and not twirl:
I have yet to actually wear it out in public. We will see how it goes. I think I might wear it tomorrow night when I go out to dinner with some girls. I also feel like its a super awkward length on me. Not sure how much shorter it should be. It is a fall/winter dress after all.
What have you been sewing?!