I Made a Dress!June 19, 2012
But not just any dress. This is my own pattern, which I made up MYSELF.
Oh, my gosh, I love those teensy flowers.
Seriously, this was the goal when set out to sew again. I wanted my own perfect dress pattern which I could whip out when I wanted something new, and I GOT IT. I copied the top of a dress I like from Eshakti (I've learned I like many gathers rather than just a couple of bust darts), and the skirt of a dress I made a long time ago which was just the right shape and length. I made four very frustrating muslins of the top getting the fit to be what I wanted.
And it's fast, so fast. The dress took me two hours, and the bias tape (which I made myself!) and application took another two hours because I was determined to do it beautifully. Which I did, by the way. I had to rip two seams. I hate ripping seams like I hate ripping knitting. It galls me to my core. Oh, but sewing is a million times faster than knitting. Instant gratification!
Basically, I realize that I wanted dresses that look like old-fashioned aprons. YEP, THAT'S IT!
A few more pictures are over at Flickr for the curious.