Wednesday, August 28, 2013

dress finished in time for a wedding!

go me! i finished the dress in time for the wedding! actually with a few days to spare. this feels like a record for me because i'm usually a very slow sewer. i traced the pattern and cut the fabric last wednesday night and i finished hemming and sewing on a hook and eye last night! and the wedding is on friday. i really can't believe that i'm not going to be hemming it friday morning, because i thought that would most likely happen. i am very pleased with how it turned out, too. i'm going to get some nice photos that day, so i'm going to wait until then to post photos, although i know you're on the edge of your seat, right?!

a few notes on construction and the changes i made: the bodice is retro butterick B5748. i cut a 12 grading out to a 14 in the waist because the last dress i made was a tad tight in the waist before i let the seam allowance out a little. i ended up having to take in the top part of the bodice back at the zipper in order to get a good fit. i did a center back invisible zipper instead of the side zipper that the pattern called for. i also drafted facings rather than doing a lining because this fabric didn't really need a lining. plus i'm wearing it to an outdoor wedding in august, in the south... for the skirt i realized i didn't have enough fabric to do a full circle, only had a yard and a third left so i modified a really old See&Sew pattern, number 5237, which has a 3 piece gathered skirt, and i just shortened it. and i copied the pockets on a RTW dress and added those to the side seams. worked like a charm! and it wasn't even difficult! but things like pockets really seem to impress anyone who doesn't sew. and maybe i can get away with not carrying a purse to the wedding and can just use the pockets. also, i did not look at the pattern instructions at all. pleased to say, i've been sewing for a little over a year and i can construct a dress without butterick holding my hand, yay!

i've got to say that i think i'm happier about this dress than i have been about anything else that i've made so far. and i can't wait to get some good photos of it. ok fine, i wasn't going to post these, but nobody likes a pictureless post, so here are the lame iphone photos i took in the bathroom mirror - that was before i hemmed it. you can see a better view of what the fabric looks like in the previous post. it's now hemmed and ready to go!


 

i'll be back with some better photos soon! plus i won a lovely giveaway from little dress kits! so that will be in the works =) and i've ordered more fabric for some projects that are swimming around my head. and i've been doing a little selfless sewing on the side. my sewjo is back in full effect.

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  1. Go you! Looks like you got a great fit, and love that fabric. Enjoy the wedding!

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    1. Thanks so much! I only stabbed myself with pins a few times trying to pin the back to see where i wanted the zipper, lol!

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  2. The fit looks great and I LOVE the style of the back. Great work!

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    1. i know, i just love that scoop back! and it's just high enough that you can wear a normal bra with no worries!

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  3. You look amazing in that dress. Bravo!

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  4. It fits perfectly! I love the fabric, too. You could wear that in the winter with tights and a cardigan or in summer with sandals.

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    1. I just need to get some tights that would look good with this navy dress, grey maybe? It feels like it's still going to be hot here for awhile though, can't wait for cooler weather!

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  5. I have just bought this pattern because your dress is so pretty!

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    1. oh yay!! it's a good one, esp. if you can get it on sale! would love to see what you make, send me a link if you post pics!

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  6. Woohoo! I'm usually a pretty slow sewist myself, so I totally get that feeling of accomplishment in getting it done in time. It looks great, and like it'll be a very versatile addition to your wardrobe. Enjoy the wedding!

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited to wear it friday, yay!!

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  7. Lovely, perfect for a wedding, have fun!

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  8. Very pretty from the front and the back:)

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    1. aww thank you, i do really love the back

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  9. I love that low scoop back! Hope you had fun at the wedding.

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    1. thanks! it was great fun! would it be weird if i make everything with a scoop back from now on? ;)

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  10. zoMG this is awesome. That style is really flattering on you, and the fabric's very pretty too.

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