Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress »
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Retro / Vintage, Classic
Quilter's cotton, muslin, boning, buttons
What was your inspiration?
The pattern for this dress was included with the Bombshell Dress course.
What are you most proud of?
As far as sewing goes, I took some home-ec, back in grade school, where we learned the very basics of using sewing patterns, but I'm self taught otherwise and have largely stuck to very simple, unlined garments. I've always cut out the size closest to my own and used it without modification.
This was my first time making a muslin, and doing multiple fittings to get a great fit. It's also my first time lining a garment, doing a lapped zipper, adding boning and waist stays and doing a lot of hand stitching. I learned so much and have been using those skills, ever since.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I doubt I would have been able to sew this project without having taken the class first. The instructions are bare bones, and there are no seam allowances; two things that would have left me completely flummoxed. The real benefit of making this project was in taking the class which offers tons of really great techniques that I have already started to incorporate into other sewing projects.