I wore this dress on Independence Day. The process of getting it made was only a teeny bit of a headache because I chose to start the project too soon relative to the day I wanted to wear it and because it turns out that I need to be extra careful with armholes in the future.
But I am so glad I photographed this process of creating this dress since I now can refer back to what was successful in this project and what I need to improve upon for the future.
If you aren't a sewing type of gal or guy, this post may be utterly boring for you, but if you have come here by way of an actual interest in how one newbie to the sewing world created a lined dress with pockets on her own (woo!), then this may be right up your alley. :)
La Paloma Fabric (can find the blue/red here), Amy Butler Anna Tunic (can be made into a dress, obviously), Measuring Tape, Pencil, and
Pattern Ease Tracing Material (I am constantly buying more--LOVE this stuff).
look at their pattern pages, OMG), but I discovered I far preferred tracing most patterns onto ths material since it makes cutting the fabric so much easier (it is a bit "staticky sticky," so I don't have to pin as much before I cut).
I split the skirt portion of the pattern and grade it out that way--link sort of shows what I do). The pattern trace material makes it easier for me to make those adjustments, so another bonus.
Note--Now that I know how the bodice/armholes fit me, I am going to have to re-do the yoke so that it is longer which will allow the armholes to sit a tad bit lower.
This dummy is named "Triple D," for Dressmaker Dummy Dina. I bought a size 10 dummy to fit my bodice, since she is nearly exactly my size from the neck to the waist. I did have to pad her out using batting and my maternity belly bands on the bottom, though. My hubby and brother are stunned at how much her body mirrors mine. Ha.
108'' Unbleached Muslin Natural all cotton material from fabric.com). Since it is recommended to always make a muslin before cutting into the real fabric, I was able to kill two birds with one stone with this pattern.
The lining shows that the dress will fit, but yet again, it was showing that the armhole would be too tight. ;-)
add them to this skirt I made way back in February, I thought it wouldn't be that hard to add them to this dress. I took a pocket pattern from a dress pattern that I own (don't recall which pattern I used) and traced it with the pattern ease material. The pockets are a really nice feature, but unfortunately I put them in wrong the first time, so I had a lot of thread unpicking to do. I also placed them a touch low on the dress, but nothing awful. They still felt great, even if a bit lower than I normally would like.
Okay that's it! You all enjoy your Tuesday! I am off to the consignment store later today, looking forward to letting the pretties go to a new home.