Vogue has just released another Ralph Rucci pattern, and after a summer sewing hiatus I’m in the mood to tackle a challenge. Rucci is kind of the Frank Lloyd Wright of fashion – his clothes are pretty much meant to be worn as deisgned and styled, without too much deviation from the original. It seems the consensus on this pattern is not quite as universally favorable as the dress he did last summer, but I really like this style and I’ll wear it. It has a Emma Peel 60’s-ish quality to it that I really like.
So here’s what this one will be: two Gorgeous Fabrics selections; an extra wide olive grey wool jersey and a bright guava stretch silk charmeuse for a bold lining. Vogue had a two-day on-line sale this week and pattern was marked down 75%, hopefully everything will arrive soon. It will be interesting to see how the pin tucks are done on this dress; I assume a wide double needle and a walking foot would be used, but I’ll just have to see what the instructions say. I think I’ll make oak tag stencils for the marking the pin tucks with chalk or a sewing marker. Another thing to think about is whether a stabilizer might be needed under the pin tucks. And then there is the lining – are those pieces pin tucked as well? So many questions!