8.30.2010

THE SECOND DRESS!--ALL DONE!

Voila!  I even finished it without thoroughly complaining about all the bodice re-sews.  Yay me!  I really like this dress.  I like this dress and fabric much much more than anticipated, and Matt even gave it the two thumbs up.  His favorite so far.

I'm really glad I didn't make both this and the more casual blue version of the dress side-by-side because I learned so much.  I learned I will probably never (or at least avoid at all costs) sewing with jersey matte fabric again.  I also learned that I am not actually a size 14.  (Tommie, you were right!)  But I also learned that if you leave a zipper out of a dress that supposed to have one, sewing it two sizes larger than you should have definitely helps it to fit better.  At any rate, I did end up being able to sew up the sides of the dress when it was done to create a more snug fit and still fit into it.  To see what I mean, the picture to the right is the before and after of this alteration...the right side is the "before" and the left "after". 

So I did make some adjustments, but overall I'm pleased with the final fit, if not thrilled:



It's a little tight across the back, but otherwise, the adjustments were servicable.  And fit aside, I really like this dress!  It's so satisfying to make your own clothes.  I can wear this out an about and I don't think it will catch people's eye for being misshapen.  In fact, it's a little everyday elegant if you ask me.  And since you're asking me, I'm also going to ask you something: what do you think about the length?  Should I let the hem out a little?  I have about two more inches I could play with.


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*Second Dress Report Card*

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: Not overly simple, but probably nothing more that a "Beginner/Intermediate" rating.  It takes a few re-readings, and when it doubt I just made it look like the drawing.  Badabing!

PATTERN SIZING: Um, yeah, that was my bad.  I think I measured my waist after a sushi dinner and rice can be very unforgiving with those things.  I'll let you know after the next time.

FABRIC CHOICE: Nope.  Never.  Too stretchy for this girl.  Month Two was too soon to introduce such a stretchy, sticky knit.  LOVE how it looks though.  My anal retentive side was worried about how the vertical pattern would look along curves and the midriff there, but I think it came out great.  Also, I will give the fabric credit for being super super comfy.

FINANCIALS:

Pattern, $10.17 (on sale!  and I'm going to use it twice)
Fabric, $22.56
Notions (interfacing, thread), $5.63 (and I have lots of extra interfacing)
Total $38.36

PERFECT OCCASION:  Work, running around town.  And it has pockets, so really anytime you'd need to carry something would be the perfect occasion.

WOULD I MAKE THIS DRESS AGAIN?: Yep, in fact I've already started.  It's almost the end of the month!


4 comments:

  1. It's a great looking dress. Do you think you're improving with each one? It looks like it to my uneducated eyes. Now which one to wear on Friday? hmmmmmm...

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  2. It really is fantastic! I hope you feel proud running around town and the shop in this dress!

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  3. Thanks! I was proud of this one.

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