Type of item: Clothing
Style: Retro / Vintage
Quilt cotton from Dallas fabric warehouse.
What was your inspiration?
I've always sewed but not terribly well. My finishes are always off. I took a couple of classes a few years ago, and my mom had this pattern for herself. I used this as my practice dress, and I enjoyed sewing it. She looks very cute in it, but it still is a bit big on top for her.
She is petite, so I needed to find one in my size. I finally found the pattern online this year.
I think I am going to put a cummerbund-style or Obi-style belt with it because it will be more flattering for my figure.
What are you most proud of?
Right now, I'm proud that I figured out how to add a back dart, which I really needed for this to fit properly. I love A-line patterns, but I need a little more curve on the bodice.
(I started this dress in August, but I am just getting back to it.)
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Watch lots of YouTube videos and do an invisible zipper.
Don't try to get all fancy on the interfacing! My original dress, which I actually could've worn, was put back into my scrap box. I tried to use a contrasting fabric for the interfacings like I'd done with my mom's dress. Well, I chose a Batik wax-dyed quilt cotton that was much too stiff and heavy. By the time I realized this, I'd already done lots of understitching, etc., and I just couldn't save it.