Hiiiii friends! I can't believe I've been away for a whole MONTH! So many things have been going on and I definitely haven't been sewing the way I THOUGHT I was going to be lol. I made my last garment on July 25th and hadn't touched my machine until this past weekend. Fortunately the absence will result in a couple more blog posts because I've been on the move!
This post is about the dress I made for my 25th birthday party! I ended not being able to celebrate my birthday ON my birthday because I was participating in wedding festivities so I ended up having a party a couple of weeks later. It had an All-White theme so you KNOW I had to make something special!
The fabric I used for this dress is Satin that I got from Fabric Mart last summer. I got it during a $1/yd sale so I just copped 5 yards not knowing what I was going to make with it. It's so pretty up close. You can see the diamond stitching with a sequin at every point. And it's WHITE white. Not dingy looking or anything lol You can really see the sequins indoors but not much when the sun is shining on the white satin. Also, it was pretty opaque so I didn't need a lining for the skirt.
There is an invisible zipper on the left side and my invisible zipper insertion came at perfect. Not on the first try though.... On the first try, I was trying to follow the pattern instructions on how to insert the zipper and I was having a bit of trouble and wasting a lot of time. By the time I had finally got it in, I think there were a couple of stitches near the top that were keeping it from zipping up. I pulled at it so hard that I completely ripped the zipper pull off! *ugghhhh*. So I had to rip that out and I decided to do it the fool proof way I know how. And voila, zip perfection!
One change I will have to make in the future, though, has to do with the hook. There aren't any marks on where to place the hook and bar so I don't know if I just did it to loose or what. It keeps coming undone if I move around a lot. I'm thinking of just removing the hook and bar altogether and adding snaps instead.
Also, there is an error in the instructions:
Step 8 says to stitch the bodice back to the bodice front at the right side and the picture supports that.
The same step for the lining, Step 12, says the exact same thing when it should actually say to stitch the bodice back to the bodice front at the LEFT side. The picture is right but the actual instruction is wrong.
I said I would talk about the area around the waist. There is a type of umpire piece at the waist. It looks baggy on my at times but I think that is my fault. Because I used bias tape on all of the raw edges, I have the seam allowance folded DOWN instead of UP like it's supposed to be. I believe that is what is making that middle area look as if it has excess fabric.
I think those are all of my thoughts. Is it obvious I've been sitting on this a while? lol I will be back soon for sure and I will leave you with a couple of pics from my party! :-D
|Me and my parents|
|Some of my favorite friends!|