Thursday, August 13, 2009
I have had other favorite dresses - here, here and here - but this one supplants all of them - this is my new absolutely-favorite dress.
I had cut this pattern out, but I didn't have enough of the fabric I wanted to make it in (the black fabric I used to make this skirt.) I therefore rooted around in the stash, found a blue invisible zipper, as well as this fabric I bought in Nigeria, and voila. Easy peasy.
Here's a review.
Fabric: This beautiful tie-dye. 100% medium weight cotton, bought at-least five years ago from a market in Lagos. I've hoarded it until now, but this is the perfect use for this fabric.
Pattern: McCalls 4444.
Pattern notes: This is a pretty easy sewing pattern. Stuff that's worthy of comment:
- I made a size 10 at the top, and 12 at the waist/hip. This has perfect ease, I love it.
- I thought the pattern adjusting lines were really convenient, since I always need to adjust the pattern anyway to petite-size it.
- The instructions call for the bodice to be self-lined. In my case, I used lining fabric to line the bodice instead, my fabric is medium-weight, and a double layer would have been too stiff.
- The back required a bit of pinning and adjustment to get the dress to fit right. Nothing major - the vertical pieces were shortened, and I pinned the neck piece in place until it felt secure.
(Picture of the back.)
Apart from that, this is a nice, beginner pattern - very easy sewing, though a ton of pieces. (It was a bit of a pain cutting out...)
Time taken: About 4-6 hours, split over three evenings. I'm a very slow sewer though - this is an easy pattern.
And there you have it - my new favorite dress. I feel very sexy in this - I love it!
Posted by Reethi at 3:54 PM