No, my title is not implying that Skirtember is continuing on into October. In fact, I happily wore jeans on Tuesday and a few of my dresses are feeling a lot less neglected this week. I am talking about my September sewing project. I didn’t make the dress I wanted to, again, but for a good reason. I am gonna need to do an invisible zipper for it and I was missing the attachment for my machine, so I got one ordered and made something else in the mean time.
My dress of the month was from the New Look 6347 pattern. A two piece pattern, and a one hour project, so said the instructions. Well, it took me way longer than that, and I managed to mess up the binding on one of the armholes. It probably would have helped if I had the right sized binding, and had I not been talking on the phone while I was pinning it. Multitasking isn’t always possible! The worst part of it, is that the messed up side came out better than the not-messed up side. Kind of frustrating.
Over all, I was disappointed with how the dress ended up. It was huge so I had to take so much of it in and that is what slowed the whole process down. And after all of the adjusting, I wasn’t too sure it looked how it was supposed to. I am not good at adjusting the patterns before I cut the material. Come to think of it, maybe I am not good at it because I have never tried to do this. I usually just take it in when I sew, but that doesn’t always work. I got a very helpful comment from a fellow blogger to use a similar style dress for measurements, and I think that is a great idea. I should have taken her advice with this dress.
I was discouraged enough to just cut the dress and make it into a skirt, but thought to wear it once first, and then see what I think. I already felt a little bit better about the dress after a day had passed, and the good thing about this project was that the material was only $2.00 a yard. I bought two yards and still have enough left to make something else. So dress or not, I will end up with something that is pink, polka-dotted. Another good thing, it matches these shoes pretty well. Maybe it isn’t so bad after all…
I think I might like it even better with a cardigan over it. So maybe a few more wears are in order before I get out the scissors.
Now on to October’s dress. I got my zipper foot on Monday, perfect timing. Although, I am somewhat intimidated with putting in an invisible zipper. My aunt sent me a book a few months back and it just so happens to have instructions for this thing. I may be worried about nothing.
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11 Replies to “Maybe I Should Just Stick to Skirts”
Erika I think it came out great it would look very nice with a maroon or pink cardigan. Love the way your shoes match.
Thank you! I was thinking a pink cardigan also, or maybe even a white one. 🙂
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I think it looks great and very flattering! Im so bad at sewing with those slinky fabrics myself!
Excited to see more projects 🙂
Thanks for your kind words. It is kind of hard keeping things lined up with the slinky material. I will blame that on why my darts didn’t come out right. 😉
Only practice will make it easier! The dress looks nice. And at 2$ a meter it is a deal of a dress. Sewing is about the math, keep it in mind when you start a pattern. If you need to take it in by 4inches, divide the number of inches by the pieces of pattern effected and you are good to go. Start simple – like your dress here and then you can move up to more complex pieces
when you feel you are ready.
Thanks for your help. And, yes, starting simple is a great idea. I have several patterns that are on the easy side that would make for some great practice.
I think it looks great:) also I don’t know how to private message…but if you do I need your address so I can send you your new polka dot shirt. You won the giveaway, as you are the only tht posted, I hope it fits!
Thanks! Yay, so happy I won. It is a really cute shirt and I love polka-dots. I think it will fit, I would only be worried about the arm band and that is an easy fix for me. If you email me at email@example.com, I will write you back with my address.:-)
Works for me!
It really doesn’t look bad, and it goes well with the shoes! I’ve never tried to make anything with an invisible zipper before, that would intimidate me, too!