A month ago I taught myself to sew! I’d been trying to for years, but a month ago I found I had the time so I finally did it. I’ve collected a little stash while waiting to give myself the chance, so it was time to dig in.
After successfully making two full skirts and five pencil skirts in the space of three weeks, I decided to make myself try a dress.
However, I only had one dress pattern on hand: one my nana had used to make me a silly dress to wear for a Uni presentation seven years ago. Hmm… things have changed a bit since then, but the measurements suggested the dress would be snug, as the fabric I had picked up had no stretch. This was going to be an experiment at best!
Please excuse the photos, no amount of Photoshopping is going to save these photos tonight, and a proper model shoot with photographer boyfriend will be a few weeks off yet..!
I picked up the fabric for $4 from an op shop, and there was heaps! I had already made a pencil skirt from it, and there’s still a square left I’m pondering what to do with. The piping I picked up halfway through sewing the dress, I thought there was too much grey and it needed something to quirk it up 🙂
Here’s a close up of the seam. I pretty happy with how it turned out!
The pattern is New Look 6857, view B. It seems that number is for nurse scrubs now! When I originally bought it, Nana sewed it up in hot pink PVC, modified it so it was a mini dress, and fitted the darts herself. I didn’t know how to do all that, so I just made as the instructions said.
But how does it fit? Yes, well… um. I can get the zip up (bonus), but it pulls too tight across my belly and creates the coveted mono-boob effect. It also puckers a bit at the base of the front darts. That could be why Nana darted it herself all those years ago. But, in my closet it will stay, who knows, if I get to the gym often enough those problems might disappear..?
I’m over the moon at my first attempt at a dress. I’m a tad disappointed I can’t model it (yet? ) but I have my five other pencil skirts to fill that void!
Thanks for looking 🙂