I bet you thought since summer is over and Millie is in school that I’d be posting more often… Well considering I went a whole month between posts last time, one week later is pretty good! Honestly, this week with Millie gone has mostly been me getting used to an emptier house during the day, catching up on trashy TV that I can’t watch with Millie home or in front of Jake (haha) and running errands in the blissful state of only having to haul around ONE child instead of two :) Anyways, I’m REALLY excited to share my most current make, the one that took me THREE weeks to sew (mostly due to the insane amount of interruptions that children are extremely good at providing).
The dress is the Gathered Sundress from Pattern Runway. I am not even sure how I found this pattern, but when I did, I just HAD to own it and sew it up immediately. I’m not sure if the company is now defunct, it doesn’t seem like they’ve updated their blog or FB page in almost a year, but you can still buy the patterns and that is all that really matters to me!
This was the first time I’ve sewn princess seams, and so it was also the first time trying to alter a princess seam bodice. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my body is NO WHERE NEAR the target body when people are designing patterns. My bust point is always INCHES lower than the patterns and I always have to do a FBA (full bust adjustment). Muslins are the accepted way of life for me. I’ll admit, however, that altering a pattern to fit my body is actually super fun and I get a lot of pleasure tweaking things out and making them my own :) I went through 3 different muslins to get this where I wanted it. (Thank goodness I have so much ess ayche eye tee fabric laying around!) The bodice is still not 100% perfect, but I’m super happy nonetheless. I figure if I bought this dress instead of made it, I would never even notice the fit issues.
This was also my first time REALLY trying to sew an invisible zipper. It came out pretty decent, not perfect.. but I absolutely decided it is time to invest in an invisible zipper foot!! I sewed over the teeth a couple times by accident using the regular zipper foot and even still you can see the zip.
Let’s talk about the back for a moment… and the fit.. I’m starting to get pretty good at the ol’ bust adjustments, but I still have yet to even dabble at back adjustments.. There is obviously something going on there, but I’m not really sure how to fix it.. any ideas? I guess I have a short back? What is sway back? Is that what I have? Ugh. Whatever I still love the dress, and much like the awful tattoo I have on my back, at least I don’t have to look at at (unless I’m staring at pictures) so WHATEVER NO REGRETS!
The fabric is a voile I bought at 30% off during the Austin Fabric Shop Hop this time around. It is from Westminster Fabrics, Ikat Damask. I LOVE it and was so excited to get such a great deal! I lined it with some cotton batiste I had lying around. Voile has quickly become my favorite thing to sew for myself. It is just SO soft and light and airy and wonderful!
I want to show you guys the guts, which is something I NEVER do! But this dress is so darn clean on the inside!! I took the time to hand sew the waist band lining with an invisible stitch on the inside so you wouldn’t see any seams at all.. You have no idea what kind of satisfaction that gives me. It is the same obsession I had back when I was doing hair. I would give someone an updo and you couldn’t see any bobby pins, like the hair was just magically suspended in pretty curls on someone’s head.. yeah. I can be an obsessive weirdo. Sometimes.
I Thought about how when I talk pictures of Millie, I’m always asking her to dance or twirl or jump around, so I decided to include a little action shot in my own photo shoot :) I do look a bit like I have nubby legs and I am strangely floating in air, but the expression on my face shows how I feel about the dress : )
Unlike THIS hilarious outtake, LOL