Monday, December 30, 2013

Sew Ver(it)y Green

I have to say, I'm not sure if I am a very good Sewcialist. I don't have a facebook page, I still haven't quite gotten the hang of hanging around on Twitter, and my i*phone is so old that it doesn't support Instagram (it takes almost a minute to load Twitter, which may be part of the problem)... And anyway, I kinda like the old-fashioned blogging stuff. ;) But anyway. This Sewcialist thing is rather fun. Especially since we're sewing a rainbow!
I was a bit late for #redoctober (my Looks Like Christmas dress was an early December make), but I managed to sew #greendecember in time! I actually had three projects planned, but the other two didn't quite turn out like I wanted. They may be refashioned/altered at some point...

Anyway, on to my Ver(it)y Green December dress!
The facts: 
Pattern: Verity Dress by Moxie Patterns
Fabric: 2m of green wooly sweater knit fabric from the Maybachufer fabric market.
Notions: none
Time to complete: a couple of hours, plus another hour for hemming.
Techniques used: The seams are overlocked, the sleeves and hem are turned under and hand-stitched.
Alterations: I took a couple of centimeters out of the back bodice, midriff band and skirt, tapering to nothing at theneckline. After trying it on, I realized that the fabric was pretty heavy, especially since the skirt is nice and full, and the weight was dragging the fabric down a lot. Like, the midriff band sat on my hips. So I eliminated it, and since I didn't want to do the bust gathers again, I made them into box pleats instead. The midriff seam still sits a bit low for my taste, but it's alright, I guess. I cut the neckline higher than in the pattern, since I figured that the lower neckline was my mistake last time with the split collar. This one sits nicely and I may add a couple of big green buttons that Maider gifted me a while ago.
First worn: To a Christmas party with my friends.
Thoughts: I love the fabric, it's so cozy and warm and a perfect shade of blue-ish green! I also really like the split collar and full semicircle skirt. :)
How's your holiday going? I had a lovely and relaxing Christmas with my family, and now some friends from Berlin are visiting us here in the country to celebrate New Year's with Raclette and Fondue. Yum.


  1. That's a beautiful Green December! I had raclette for Christmas too :)

  2. Looks cozy! I don't have a Facebook for my blog either, if it makes you feel better. Just the personal one, which I try to avoid spamming up with my blog posts and any Instagram photos that are more sewing-specific.

  3. This is really pretty! I love the collar... I just got Facebook and am trying not to rip my hair out as I figure out how to get it to work!

  4. What a lovely color of green, looks very fetching om you

  5. I also don't have facebook and twitter, but actually I don't mind because my hands are full with sewing and blogging :) I really like your green December make and always admire that you make so many alterations. That's great. Fondue and Raclette! I hadn't had these in ages. But that reminds me I have a Raclette, but when using it you have to sit in the garden because for some reason it is smoking like crazy :P Have a Happy New Year!

  6. Nice go with your second Verity! I never have the patience to rework a pattern but that is one of my goals for this year: be patient, work on skills acquisition. You are the queen of re-using patterns so I should take a leaf from your book :)

  7. I agree, I like blogging. I have so far managed to avoid facebook and twitter pretty much completely. I think if I tried to be on every social media thing available I would go crazy!
    The collar on this version came out super cute!

  8. This shade of green suits you so well! I haven't got onto twitter or instagram yet either (blush) I think the blog is enough for now :)

  9. This looks so lovely! That color is so pretty on you, and I love how you made the sleeves a different color. I hate it when the fabric is so heavy that it pulls down the top of the dress. :( I've had that happen a couple of times when I've made knit dresses with fuller skirts. You did exactly what I would've done by removing the midriff band. I've also shortened the bodice and midriff lengths to compensate for the stretch.