Sunday, June 21, 2009

Simplicity 2782






Welly well well.

It still needs hemming, pressing and a belt or sash, but I was anxious to post.

Impatient!
Hasty Pudding!

This is the dress I ended up making for the wedding reception---but did not finish in time.
(I wore my green birthday dress)

Who makes a dress the day you need it?

I seem to do that alot--- which, frankly, sucks the joy right out of the process.

Sewing without a deadline is far more enjoyable.
You can take your time and zen out.
I like to burn red incense and take little dancing breaks when special 80's tunes come on the radio.

And of course, since I wanted to whip this out on the fly, I had some issues.

This 30's pattern JUST arrived in the mail from a sewing buddy yesterday---the original 30's dress I was gonna make had around ten pieces, and this one only had 6, so I thought I'd have quick and flashy success---but I really mucked it up.

First, none of the seams matched up--which means I did a crappy job cutting out the fabric.

But it was okay because I had to take most of the seams in anyway.
And then I misread a few steps in the directions.....
Then the bias facing on the neckline really threw me.

You know.......honestly?
I'm still not quite sure what the hell happened.

The pattern was great.......but I sorta sucked.

You never can tell.....even after lots of practice, things can go terribly wrong.

I do like the dress though....and it will be very wearable after completion.

And I am going to figure out that facing if it kills me.
And I'll probably cut the skirt on the bias next time.
This was a good lesson in patience and procrastination.

And now I have another green dress!

A girl can never have too many green dresses.





8 comments:

Marie-Noƫlle said...

Last minute issues
Not finishing on time
I know what you are talking about
I still haven't finished the tie that I planned to offer Hubby.
I dead suck to but I will try untill I get it alright
You dress is very nice I love its overall line

Jenni said...

The dress seem to fit you really nicely. I don't own a green dress....is there something wrong with me????

Amy Jeanne said...

It looks WAY BETTER than both of mine!! You have a better figure for it -- I have 34D boobies and those seams at the bust just stick out and make me look bustier :( I LOVE that length! Don't take it up too far. I made one longer and it just looks like poop on me -- it rides up my legs when I walk. I also find short short sleeves to be unflattering on women with bigger busts :( Oh well -- I tried it at least!

As for the neck, I put bias tape on it. Works all the time!

Miss Amelina said...

Thank you!!

Good luck with that tie, MN!

AJ--I agree---I wanna keep most of the length so it will be in keeping with the time period/design elements.
My girls *always* make sewing difficult...34dd or 32E, which means lots of futzing. If I can, I get a 30s/40s size 20 and grade the waist down a size or two.
And just so you know...i thought this dress looked really nice on you! But it's also about how you *feel* in your clothes....and if it ain't right, it ain't right.

So you just use regular package single-fold bias tape? Sew along the neckline and then turn inside to press? Or did you cut it in pieces? The mitered corners made me very angry. :)

Jenni! There's nothing wrong with you! But you need to make a green dress to wear when you are feeling mischievous!! ;) Mischief-making is a great hobby.

Darla: Retro Ways said...

I would never have been able to tell you had any issues making the dress it looks stunning just needs a white belt. ♥

Packrat said...

Seems to fit you beautifully. Sometimes patterns just don't go together quite right. So frustrating.

Hint, (maybe you know this) if you do cut anything on the bias, add 1 to 1-1/2 inch seam allowances depending on how "ravelly" or loosely the fabric is woven. (The looser the weave, the wider the seam allowances.) This helps the pieces keep their shape.

Maigh said...

Adorable!

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