Yep, I’m sharing a wee bit of my geek love today! 🙂
I’ve had this fabric lingering in my stash for a few months now and the unseasonable warm temps here in CA lately have inspired me to cut into it. That and my need to sew the ESP pattern up ASAP!I’m becoming a bit of a Decades of Style pattern fangirl as of late. I’ve admired their patterns for a while, but after sewing one (the Dorothy Lara dress), I’m hooked. I not only love the vintage styles, but how they also show you how to interpret these patterns into a more modern style.
When I saw the Decades Everyday ESP pattern, I knew it would be a perfect candidate for prints. I already have a great TNT patterns for prints (Butterick 5982), but I do like dresses with sleeves and the sleeved version of B5982 is not my favorite…. So in walked this lovely pattern reminiscent of the early 1960’s. I was instantly smitten. At first, I was a bit unsure of the raglan sleeves as the only other time I’ve worked with them in a woven fabric [other than the Dorothy Lara pattern] was with the Colette Dahlia and that’s not my fave pattern either…. This pattern, however, does not have unfortunate bust pleating nor a waistband and is shaped by bodice darts which are more friendly to my figure.
I graded this pattern up to a 48″ bust size which was easy to do. The skirt has a little less fabric than is suggested which is due to the limited yardage I had on hand paired with the 45″ width of this fabric. My skirt is also about an inch longer with a narrow hem as I prefer my skirts at knee length. I also wasn’t certain how the sleeves were going to fit as I usually have to make a full bicep adjustment and I wasn’t certain how to do this on a raglan sleeve. I sewed a narrow seam instead, which was something that I didn’t need to do, so I may go back and adjust the seam allowance to the suggested 5/8″. The only other alteration to this pattern was a small tapered wedge that I cut out of the lower back of the bodice (a swayback adjustment? I’m never sure what it’s called, but thanks to Mrs. Mole for sharing with me how to do it).
This dress went from cutting to nearly finished in an afternoon. I was doing a little hand sewing in the evening, but it was completed rather quickly, which is always a good thing — especially when you want a new frock to wear the next day! This dress is unlined with a neck facing and the seams are finished on my serger. I’m not a fan of facings, but in this case it works and it stays where it is and is not bothersome to wear. (Sorry no “inside” shots…. I made this quickly and didn’t take the time to snap a photo of the guts.)
But of course the fabric is the star of this show! This is a quilting cotton print with classic Star Trek comic book covers. My parents are Trekkies and I’ve been exposed to every iteration of the show. Besides watching Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, etc. while they aired, my folks also have all of the episodes on DVD…. I, however, am a classic Star Trek fan and I love watching it on Netflix. I don’t know how someone (my dad…) could think that Next Generation is better? No way folks. The original the best.
I spotted this fabric whilst shopping at Joann’s and after the success of my Dracula Dress, I was ready to make another fangirl frock. Especially one that has my favorite character of all time — Spock — on it. I haven’t seen this fabric since at my local Joann’s stores (there are three in my vicinity that I shop at regularly), so it must have sold out. I also don’t see it on the Joann’s website. But there are many other cool Star Trek fabrics that I’ve seen on fabric.com and at Hart’s and Beverly’s Fabrics to satiate you if you’d like to show your fangirl love. Just be prepared for many comments! I received quite a few whilst sporting this dress and from some unlikely sources!
Yeah… I know this fabric is a bit wrinkled… I ironed this well during and after I made it with my beloved Rowenta, but after being stuffed in a suitcase and having to use a poor excuse for an iron in our hotel room, it didn’t fare so well. I also think that I failed to press the bodice… plus, we ate breakfast prior to these photos and so goes my pressing story.
These photos were taken during a mini-break with my husband this past weekend. He had a five-day break from school (he’s a middle school teacher) so we headed over to Santa Cruz to enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day retreat. When we made our hotel reservations last month we didn’t expect such warm weather neither here in the Sierra foothills nor on the coast. The temperatures soared to the upper 70’s and it was sunny and warm. If I had brought my swimsuit it would have been a fabulous time to lounge at our hotel’s retro pool that was right along the beach. The warm weather set records which really isn’t a good thing for our drought stricken California soils, but it was nice for our little vacay. 🙂
I can’t say enough good things about this pattern! It’s a quick sew that can be made in a variety of fabrics. I’ve actually already made another! This is now a TNT pattern for me and there will be more in the future — including my dress for our Crazy Dog Lady Sewing Challenge!
Are you joining us? We have lot’s of prizes!
- Dress: Decades Everyday #101 E.S.P. Dress in classic Star Trek print quilting cotton, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High
- Belt: Macy’s
- Earrings: Bauble Bar
- Sunglasses: Tory Burch