It’s my first completed garment post! After getting a little side-tracked working on a sad pajama set last weekend (turrrrrrible cheap fabric and tons of fitting issues), I switched gears and got started on one of the dresses on my summer to-do list. Hmmm, maybe this checklist thing is working?
Meet my Sewaholic Yaletown dress! Guys, I’m in loooooove! After struggling with my last project I wanted a quick and easy make, so I decided to skip the muslin and just go for it. I figured this wrap-bodice, elastic-waist silhouette would be pretty forgiving, and it was! I sewed up the size 12 without adjustments, and it fits pretty well! The only thing I think I might change in the future would be to shorten the bodice a bit. I do like how blousey it is right now (although I think others complained about this).
The simple pattern is a great fit for this gorgeous fabric I’d been saving for a few months. Butterflies and flowers! As I mentioned in my last post, it’s a poly satin I picked up in the sale pile at G Street Fabrics. It was a 2-yard cut, so I was really worried I wouldn’t be able to make this dress fit. The pattern calls for 4 yards of 60″ wide fabric for the dress version. After looking at a bunch of reviews, though, I realized others had made it work. I took my sweet time tracing and cutting – three days, to be exact – but it was worth it. I fit all of the pieces, minus the pockets (which I’d probably have left off anyway on this thin fabric) and the belt. I had to cut the sleeves upside down, but the bigger butterfly is upside down, so I don’t think it’s that noticeable.
I might try to find some coordinating fabric for the belt, but for now I think it works with some of my own belts or simply without.
This fabric actually wasn’t too bad to sew! I followed a lot of great tips from other bloggers: cut on a single layer, use a short stitch length, sew matching seams in the same direction, etc. I realized after sewing the bodice side seams that my serger was making my seams pucker – this was an easy fix, as I just needed to adjust the differential feed.
The one part I feared was hemming this flimsy fabric that also did NOT want to hold a crease. Actually, my dread was enough to get me to pull out the manual and figure out how to do a rolled hem on the serger. It turns out it’s very easy! There are a few adjustments to make and a little bit of fiddling with the looper tensions, but otherwise it’s super simple. I had the sleeves and skirt hemmed in mere minutes. This is partly why the skirt is so long. The other reason is that my legs are short. I like this sort of tea-length, though.
Lastly, props to my sister for taking me out to nearby parks, snapping/editing pics with her fancy camera, and making me look good. Now to get started on her swim shirt . . .
How’s your summer sewing going? Are you sticking to your plans?