Well, it’s official. Gala Fabrics has fully entered the 21st century! Kicking and screaming, mind you.
The new website launched yesterday. Take a look through and tell me what you think. (Update August: Unfortunately, we had to switch back to the old website as there were some fundamental issues that had still to be fixed.)
For the online shopper, the new site is not much different from the old site. The biggest difference is having real time inventory amounts showing up both on the website and on the floor. No more forgetting to update the website when we sell out of fabric in the store. You will also note that there is more inventory on the website since we are working on putting EVERYTHING on. It’s not fully complete yet, but we are getting there!
To celebrate, I did finish the Butterick 6551 dress. It is a quick and easy dress to make, perfect for that vacation to the tropics or a visit to your local farmer’s market.
Butterick describes it as a:
Very loose fitting dress has neckline and hem variations. B, C have shaped hemlines
Given the description of “very loose fitting”, I took a look at the finished bust measurement. My 100cm bust measurement indicated I should be making a size L (16-18). But when I took a look at the finished bust, the size large would be 123cm which I decided was too loose fitting for me. I ended up making the size M (finished bust of 113cm) I used this stretch woven rayon challis print that has a small spandex content in it.
Everything else is straight out of the packet – no adjustments. Although I typically like a slightly long length of dress, this is cute for the summer. I also like the cut in detail of the shoulder. One thing I might change on the next rendition is to make the collar a bit narrower. I have a short neck so felt this mandarin collar was up to my back hairline.
Here is one little tip to make your life easier when turning the facing on a deep V neckline. When you attach the facing to the neckline and you are stitching the V, instead of coming to a point at the bottom of the V, make it a shallow U by stitching 2 or 3 stitches across the bottom. This gives some space for the fabric to turn and sit smoothly. Also remember to shorten your stitch length. I usually shorten my stitch length when I get to about 1.5cm before the turn point and not increase my stitch length until about 1.5cm after the turn point. This helps stabilize the fabric and lessen the fraying potential when you clip the seam allowances.
Thumbs up for this design although I may have to work on evening out my farmer’s tan!