I made her get off the couch & out of her comfy winter clothes to take this photo!
The pattern used was Simplicity 2549 which I purchased from Clegs at their Easter sale for $5!
I made view B, which is the purple dress. I loved view A with the bow but my sister didn't want a bow. When I make this for me I am making the bow.
This is a dress that I was inspired to make a couple of weeks before my sister's birthday. I had been at the Grand Hyatt for a work conference and decided to go to Tessuti's before going to the station. I did not intend to buy anything but they were having a remnant and sample roll sale. I ended up getting 2.6m of the leopard print fabric for $10. I think it was retailing for about $30 per meter at one stage which I think is crazy! You could feel the difference between this cotton and a standard cotton you would buy from Spotlight. This cotton is extremely soft. There was also a remnant of the leopard print with pink (which was about 1.5m) which I regret not buying as I love pink and sewing this dress has made me want to try to make something leopard print for myself.
Some issues I had along the way with this dress:
- I didn't think about lining the dress until I was about halfway through it. The fabric is so sheer however it was too late to line the bodice. I lined the skirt and I think that is fine because she will wear a bra with the dress so there is no issue with the bodice being unlined.
- This is only my second attempt at a zipper (my first was for a Simplicity 2117 wearable muslin I started but never ended up finishing as it looked like crap on me - pencil skirts do not agree with me). I found that for some reason the zipper foot was not easy to use. I found a lot of the fabric would not be sewn and I had to repeat to process several times. I ended up using a standard foot to sew the zipper in. It looks ok but there is a strange bump in the bottom. My Nanna seems to think she has a solution to this (in her broken Maltese I found it hard to understand) so next time I am sewing a zipper I am going to do it at her house.
-I overlocked the hemline on a Friday night whilst very tired and the stitch was not even. :( I was so annoyed at myself but the next day when Victoria tried it on, she needed 10cm cut off the hem, so it ended up not being a massive issue, except for when I was turning up the hem because the bottom was not even. I ended up getting ti right eventually but if I had of been paying more attention, this would have not been an issue. Doing the hem made me realise I really need a dress form so I can see the dress on the model to make adjustments, so I think this is something I am adding onto my shopping list (for next month - I have next to no money at the moment until I get my next pay - damn bills!).
Even though I did have some issues and I think that there are some faults in the dress that other sewing peeps will pick up, I am happy with how the dress looks and how the style suits her. Here are some other photos:
Front of the Dress
Back view of dress. I noticed at this point the waistband is slightly uneven :(
As this is only my second completed dress, I was expecting faults and for me this is a learning experience that I will be able to apply to other dresses going forward. Here's my pattern review:
Pattern: Simplicity 2549 - View B
Size: I made a size 14 but sewing teacher advised me to add an extra cm on the bodice pieces. Not sure if it was needed though.
Cost: Cotton Leopard fabric from Tessuti's - $10 remnant
Pattern - $5 from Clegs Easter sale
Thread (two reels), zipper and lining - approx $10
Total Cost: about $25
Time: I lost track because it was done over a long period of time. I am guessing about 15 hours.
Lessons learnt: See above comments in blog.
I have made a decision that I will not be returning to sewing classes next term. There are a number of reasons for this. The main issue is that as an accountant, the period between July-September is our busiest with year-end and it will be difficult to ensure I get to all my sewing classes. I also find that I enjoy working at my own pace and working for a two hour block and stopping does not suit me. Although the classes are not too expensive, I feel I am not getting my money's worth (I've already missed two classes because I was stuck at work) which is nothing to do with the teacher or class itself but more so with how I want to learn. I also feel that the sewing community online is so strong and anything I am not sure of, I will be able to find an answer for!
I am looking forward to starting my next project. I am still stuck on a couple of projects but I will have decided by early next week as I want to start cutting out the pattern before sewing class on Wednesday (if I get to go, Month-end has been crazy this month and the public holiday on Monday is not helping :(
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