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There are two things I can talk about endlessly (besides my boy): sewing and my favorite band, Kings of Leon! Lucky for you, today I will be talking about both. My husband introduced me to their music almost 10 years ago and we’ve been to 5 concerts over the years. I’m embarrassed to admit that I have a crush on the lead singer, Caleb Followill. Last year we wont pit tickets to their concert and I went crazy screaming like a 15 year old! It was the best concert I have been to and an unforgettable experience. One day my husband and I hope to see them perform at the Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza music festivals, which leads me to today’s post: Festival Fever sponsored by George and Ginger Patterns.
While I won’t be attending any music festivals in the near future, I made something that is comfortable to wear to any festival that involves standing or walking for a long period of time. G&G gave us the opportunity to choose from their pattern catalog so I chose the perfect pattern for any festival, the RuLo Top and Dress pattern. Here is what you get with the pattern:
- oversized dolman and regular crop, top, tunic and dress
- single tier bell, double tier bell, triple tier bell, full bell and basic sleeves
- wrist ties and shoulder ruffles
- sizes 12 (tween) – 5X (women’s sizes)
- detailed step by step instructions
As you can see this pattern has so many variations, so I was hesitant to alter it in any way. I chose the dress pattern with regular long sleeves so I wanted to hack the dress to accommodate for the long sleeves in the 80 degrees weather.
Here’s what I changed:
- modified the regular neck band to a V-neck
- added front cross straps to the V-neck line
- color blocked the back bodice with black lace
For the neck band modifications, I first put the front bodice pattern piece against my body and decided where I watned the V point to end and marked it. I then drew a diagonal line from the shoulder (where the original neck band piece would be attached) the the V point. Since the bodice is cut on the fold, you’ll get a perfect V neckline.
I didn’t intend on color blocking the back bodice. However, upon cutting the back bodice, I noticed my fabric was torn (inserts angry face). Of course I didn’t have enough fabric to cut another back bodice so I had to improvise. I used the overlay of an old RTW dress for the top bodice back piece. I cut across where the bodice to get rid of the damaged piece and used that as a template to cut the black lace. I added the seam allowance to both pieces as well. Finally I sed the two cut pieces together to make one single back bodice piece.
After attaching the sleeves, I then moved on the the neck band, I used the original width of the neck band pattern piece provided. For the length I measured the neck opening and multiplied it by .85. Well, apparently I’m not very good at math. I don’t even know how I messed up, but I wound up making the neck band too long and only realised it when I was almost done attaching it to the neck opening. Thing that this was going to be a muslin, I simply cut off the exccess band and closed the loop. I was then able to finish attaching the neckband. The seam wasn’t exposed then, but since I folded the neck band over to the front and top stitched, the seam that enclosed the loop was visible. To cover up that seam, I sewed a little piece a fabric to neatly cover the exposed seam. If I wear my hair down, you can’t even tell the imperfection is there… or can you?
Before top stitching, I laid my finished dress on the table and measured and marked where I wanted my cross ties on the neck band. I pinned the ties where I wanted them positioned and as I top stitched the neckband, the ties where sandwiched in between. As you can see, I winged the whole process. In hindsight, I should have marked the pattern piece where I wanted the ties to be positioned so I could get them evenly on the V neckline . You can also try the dress first and then decide where you you want your ties to be positioned.
To summarize, I really enjoyed making the RuLo dress. The pattern comes with detailed instructions and so many pattern options that you cannot stop at one. I know I always say this, but this is definitely a pattern I want to make several more times. Next on my list is the regular top with bell sleeves!
Even though this dress is not perfect, I’m happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried to make my own modifications. My advice to you is to try new things and don’t worry about perfection. In the KOL documentary Caleb says “Trust yourself. You’re going to f**ck up, but go for it dude…” Go for it and happy sewing!
Just for fun I’m throwing a throwback pic of one of the KOL concerts, where I met Caleb’s super model (Victoria’s Secret) wife and his cousin. This is probably the closest I’ll ever be to him hahaha. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about acting like a crazy teenager fan 😉
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