Sunday, December 06, 2009
I love everything about this dress.
When I started sewing this dress, I was determined to do it right. I've been feeling less than satisfied with the last few things I've made (see here and here for examples of the blahs), and I really wanted to make something I was perfectly happy with.
Which I am, about this dress.
Fabric: About a yard and a half of a polyester suiting. I bought this at the $2 table at WalMart over two years ago. It has a bit of a stretch to it. I don't love my fabric, but at the same time, this dress is washable. Trade-offs. For the lining, some gray lining.
Pattern: BWOF 10-2009-115. I made a size 38 on top, and a size 40 for waist and hips.
Pattern notes: This is rated 2.5 dots - but it is easier than that. I think the rating is due to the princess seams? I followed Tany's excellent instructions, that I originally read over a year ago. Still useful and relevant. Little other by way of complication here.
I have either lost some weight, or this sews up larger than I'd expect - once the dress was constructed, I took in a half inch off each side seam, to get it to not hang off me.
And finally, I followed Anne's excellent tip - sew the lining first. Honestly, had that not been already done, I'd have never had enough motivation to keep going. Really great tip.
Time taken: Well, I started this dress in October. Hmm. It honestly didn't take that long - maybe 3, 4 evenings of work? I just couldn't get around to sewing - I've been really busy - work, life, cooking, etc. I also deliberately wanted to not rush - since I really wanted to be happy with the results.
Good things: I really needed a work-appropriate, lined dress. This fits the bill perfectly.
Bad things: I got none. I'm not over-the-moon about my fabric - that's the best I can do.
(View of the back.)
I've a McCalls pattern cut out, and it looks simple (knit dress, no lining), so hopefully, sometime this week, when I find two hours.
(Oh, and please comment? Comments are fun.)
Posted by Reethi at 8:24 PM