I don’t know if I’m one of those people who sees something a million times and have to have it, I know a million bloggers out there have made the Sally dress by Very Shannon for their kids, but DERN it I love it too! I swear I wanted to make it the first time I saw it!
I was happy to get it in the Sew Fab bundle they had going on (this is where I got most of the patterns I’ve sewn this week, love new things!) and it was one of the first things I wanted to sew. I know I need pants and long sleeves, but I just HAD to make this! I used the longer sleeves for it so it SORT of fits my requirements for my sewing this week.
I ALMOST finished up the dress yesterday, but I just couldn’t make my own deadline. I had to hem it this morning. I adore the dress! It is adorable, Love those pockets. Millie loves it too, she won’t stop twirling!
I have to say though, looking at the dress in photos, it looked like it would be an easy sew. In actuality, there was a LOT of hand sewing involved! Folks, this is not the dress you should pick to sew as your first clothing project. That is all I’m saying. I also had some difficulties with my fabric, it is so thin and soft (another NYC fabric purchase at $5 a yard). The ends were fraying so quickly, they were practically turning to dust in my hands, so the more I fiddled with the dress and the hand sewing, the more I feared the whole thing would come apart before I was even finished. I am usually lazy about laundry and toss everything into the dryer. This dress will most certainly be hung to dry!
The hand sewing, as much as I could have gone without it, did make it turn out into a beautiful finished product.
The changes I made were adding some ric rac to the front to keep it interesting to give it a little “something, something”. Also, I’m not sure what happened, but there was more of the top bodice than the lining bodice when I was attaching it with the top stitching, so I had to get creative and make a little pin tuck in the center back. I like the look it gives it, thank goodness :) Pretty much I just followed the pattern’s directions though.
I haven’t started yet on my Saturday project, I’m hoping I can find some time during the day to sew up some pants for Quinn. This is the one thing I am seriously lacking in. I need to make him about 20 pairs. Just today and tomorrow left for KCW! I better get cracking!