Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Finally, some sewing.

I decided I don't care that my apartment is a mess, that I have boxes to unpack, and no room to sew (except the dining table, which is now the dining/sewing/laptop/all purpose table.) But it had been a long time with no sewing, and it was starting to be annoying.

My first vintage dress had been such a success that I wanted to keep at it. So, I pulled out Simplicity 5056 from the stash (I found it at a Value Village...) and got sewing.

Isn't this beautiful? I loved the back view with the belt and the buttons.

My fabric is a cotton navy blue & white mini-houndstooth, almost. It had been sitting in the stash for a few months, and this dress seemed a good way to use it.

And here is the dress. It went together easily, nothing really complex here at all. The belt is sewn into the side seams, and buttons at the back.

Is it just me, or are there mistakes I keep making over and over? In this case, I know, with every fiber of my being, that I am not a size 8. Did I grade up? Umm, no. I hoped the pattern ease would take care of it.

Umm, no. Let's just say that for these photos, I'm really, really sucking in my stomach. I will wear this dress out if I stay away from beer + go to the gym everyday + go back on Dr. Joshi + lose 10 lbs. Until then, it can hang in my closet, looking pretty.

The back photographed way wonkier than it actually is. In person, I think its fine.

Also worthy of comment - I can't topstitch worth a damn. Look at how wonky the bodice is! I need a topstitching foot, patience, and proper thread. Bleah.

Despite the moaning above, I actually really like this dress. I'd love to make it again, this time in the right size, and with the right tools.

Final comment - wow, it is HARD to photograph oneself! My mom and brother have been serving as my photographers, but neither was around today. Next time, I'll wait for them.


Christina said...

Glad to see you are back sewing again. Super cute dress. Now I'm off to read about this Dr. Joshi...

Chicago Sarah said...

I like that dress a lot. Yay for sewing again!

DebbieF said...

Very cute dress. I sympathize about the boxes and lack of sewing! I just moved (and actually to a bigger apartment/townhouse) and I am a bit overwhelmed by all the fabric and patterns I have to unpack and put away! When will I be able to get back to sewing, especially since I have a huge sewing studio now! I took a spare bedroom that has awesome light and a walk in closet as big as my last living room, and made that my sewingroom!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You have to make this one has such nice elements. Love the belt with the button on the back and use my topstitching tip to get perfect topstitching next time. But you have just got to make this one again in a tweedy type will be GORGEOUS!