Simon said that the pale blue dress was nice (big, but nice). However he thought it was missing something. He helped me pick out this fabric. We picked a nice stretched satin.
I purchased a purple 22 inch invisible zipper and some thread.
Then I traced my pattern in a size 10. Hopefully this one will fit. And hopefully I can get it done before the Holidays! I only have one sewing class left this year. Eeks
I did not get this dress done in my sewing class, as I thought I forgot my walking foot and I would need that to sew this. It may get done next weekend.
I am feeling so guilty. This has not gotten done yet. EEEKKS! I may have time tomorrow. I would love for this to be done for Tyler's party this Saturday. We will see.
So I did not get this done for Tyler's party yesterday. I am so tired this month and my sewing motivation has been zapped by snow storms, wipers flying off my car mid-storm, brakes being finished, cooking, cleaning, holidays in general. So what I have done is taken everything out and placed it on my sewing table. I read through the instructions and have a tentative plan to sew a while tomorrow morning. I even asked hubby for help with the kids while I do this. 80% there.
So I asked Hubby if I could sew for a while this morning. He was SUPER AWESOME and looked after the kids while I hid away downstairs sewing. Only once did I have to rip out my stitches as the lining was not properly lining up.
|Lining attached right sides together - pinned|
It is a good thing that this summer I picked up this dress form from Kijiji for only $40! What a steal. the lady I bought it from received it as a gift and she does not sew. She did not know it's value. I was not about to correct her.
The first time I did this I was majorly confused and waited for my sewing class. This time around I was super hesitant as I was afraid to screw it up. It was fine. I looked at the diagram and it actually made sense. The first time I attempted this dress I thought to myself "No way this is an easy pattern", but that was my inexperience speaking. I had never done a dress before with a lining.
The trick is to take the lining from the back and pass it through the shoulder seams towards the front.
Then flip the lining over and pull the dress fabric through. Do it slowly and you will get there, I promise.
I had forgotten to make my notches. I simply pulled the lining back and cut my notches and did it all over again.
Voila! On to the next step. I pressed my seams.
Now I have to understich and sew the sides and then the zipper. This is a good point to eat my lunch.
Here are 2 videos that show me starting to install the invisible zipper. One video is in French the other Franglais. You can see that my Instructor does not like Singer!
FRIDAY - JANUARY 18TH
I will add pictures later this weekend, but I just could not wait to post! I am so proud! I am finished a garment that 1) fits me 2) LOOKS GOOD! I am so happy! I just wish that I could have finished it in time for my Christmas parties, but what the hey!
I understiched the lining to keep it in place. I installed the invisible zipper, sewed the lining by hand to the zipper. Voila!
All in all this is a great pattern. I really want to make it in a heavier cotton, without the liner and without the zipper for a nice summer dress. I definitely will make this again.