I have been on a major Closet Case patterns sewing bender over the last few months! I’ve made a couple of Kelly Anoraks, a couple Kalle shirt dresses, a couple pairs of Carolyn pajama bottoms, a new pair of Ginger jeans, and now my first Ebony dress. I have had my eye on this pattern since it was released and finally decided to buy it during the Closet Case patterns post Thanksgiving sale.
Did any of you buy patterns or fabric during Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales? I bought 4 patterns and I’ve made two of them already. I think I bought 4 cuts of fabric and I haven’t used any of them yet, but my goal is to get to them soon. Actually, one of my major goals for 2018 is to really limit how much fabric I buy and instead try to work through the fabrics that I have in my stash. I am not opposed to keeping a fabric stash (or fabric collection, if you will) but my space is limited and my collection has begun to outgrow my storage. Plus, I have so many pretty fabrics that I bought for specific projects and I really want to get some of those projects made.
Anyway, back to this dress! I got this rayon/spandex fabric on major sale from Stylish Fabrics. I wasn’t sure what the quality would be considering I got it for about $5 a yard but I figured it would be a good fabric to use for my first try at the Ebony pattern. I think this swingy silhouette is so cute but I wasn’t totally sure if it was going to look great on me. I didn’t want to start out with my best fabric if it turned out I felt like a lump in the dress and never wore it.
The fabric isn’t as nice as the rayon/spandex jersey I’ve gotten from Indiesew or the bamboo/spandex jersey from Blackbird fabrics, but for $5 a yard it’s not bad. It’s lightweight and really stretchy. I was trying to get the stripes matched when I was cutting, but the small scale stripes were making my eyes go all googly and eventually I gave up. I ended up with things lined up pretty well purely by chance.
This dress is so comfortable and I love swingy movement of the fabric but I’m wondering if it’s maybe a little too long? I lengthened it an inch when I was cutting but then ended up chopping it off before I hemmed it. I can’t decide if I’d like it to be a few inches shorter to wear with leggings. I really don’t relish the thought of hemming this again– there is so much sweep at the hem! Pressing the hem allowance felt like it took forever! I like where the highest part of the front hem is hitting me and I think it might be the back length that is throwing me off. It’s a little longer in the back and as a dress I think I’d like the front and back to be the same length. I need to wear it a couple of times and see what I think before I re-hem or make another in a different length.
Have you made the Ebony tee or dress? Do I look like a lump? Would you keep the dress at this length if you were me? Thanks for any advice you have!