4.28.2011

THE NINTH DRESS--ALL DONE!

Whoa, Cirque du Soleil was AMAZING.   It makes me want to run away with the circus, for realsies.  I got a little misty eyed as Matt and I were walking in because I've wanted to see Cirque du Soleil since I was a little girl.  I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, this show would have totally been on it.  And it did not disappoint.  

I got to wear my cute new dress, which was perfect for le occasion, too.  Here's the wrap up on that supa' fine wrap dress:



In some of the previous pictures I realized I hadn't undone the basting on the from pleats.  Looks a lot better now, doesn't it??

*Ninth Dress Report Card*

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: Easy, no frills.  It was a See & Sew pattern, so no complicated steps but no cushy guidance either.

PATTERN SIZING:  With a wrap dress, it's probably harder to tell, but for the first time ever I melded (my husband hates that word) two sizes and it fit great.  12 shoulders and hips, 10 waist.

FABRIC CHOICE:  Well, this should come as no surprise but YEESH!  I love the way this fabric looks and feels but I hated sewing with it.  I think I would hate it even if I had used a pattern that called for such a stretchy fabric, so the fact that this pattern didn't call for such a stretchy fabric made it. the. worst.

Stripes: I tried matching up lines previously and I was so conscientious of it then, but horizontal lines were a different lesson all together, so this fabric helped me there.  I thought the stripes laid in pretty good places once the dress was done.

The lining is suitable.  The polyester stretch is a heavy, but does the job which was to make the fabric less sheer.  (I still wore a slip under it yesterday, but also it was cold and I wanted ever layer possible!)  I cut off the bottom five inches or so off the skirt lining to lessen the load.  If I were to make this dress over again with the same fashion fabric, I'd definitely line the bodice.  The fabric is thin enough that with some undergarments, I have bra lines (like panty lines, but for your bra).

My construction of this dress is pretty bad.  I failed in a lot of cover-up-able ways, which I'm thankful for.  But I felt the same about my efforts with the Sixth Dress, and the Seventh Dress remains unfinished, so I really have to knock this next one out of the park!

FINANCIALS:
Pattern: $2.99
Fashion Fabric: $11.14 (sale!)
Lining: $3.00 (clearance!)
Notions: $0 (though I used some leftover interfacing to stabilize the sashes)
TOTAL: $17.13...cheapest dress to date?

Good lord, that section has more notations than Barry Bonds' home run record.

PERFECT OCCASION:  Done and done.  I wore it to Cirque du Soleil last night!  I felt a little fashionista-y and totally appropriate with the crazy colors.

WOULD I MAKE THIS DRESS AGAIN?: Maybe.  I don't know how many simple wrap dresses a girl needs, but I wouldn't rule it out.  This dress can easily be cut and sewn in a day.

9 comments:

  1. Great Dress and fantastic fabric. What you can't see does not matter in my mind. I think the most important thing is to keep sewing and you improve with each dress.

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  2. beautiful dress
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  3. Well, my friend, there are matters aplenty, some which could possibly be pretty detrimental for the wellness and budget.

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  4. Fabric is so funky and fabulous.

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  5. Your dress looks great on you! Anyway, I also liked cirque du soleil

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  6. your dress is really good, bridal sarees from asopalav sarees.

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  8. What great fabric, and a lovely simple design that you've chosen to show it off as well. It looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing the breakdown too - I can completely relate to your struggles with difficult fabric and trying to line up patterns - I did a wrap dress a while ago which had a bit of a pleat at the waist, and ended up with the pattern miss-aligned by a centimeter or so. It bugged me like crazy but everyone else said it looked great. Please keep sharing!

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