‘Twas the best of times, ’twas the blurst of times.
The best of times: I made myself a cute as a button Cambie dress.
The blurst of times: The dodgy gingham I dug out from the bottom of my stash stretched hideously during the construction process and by the time I was done my frock had gone up a size or so…
But Amanda, I hear you say. That dress looks like it is fitting fine. Well, gentle readers, I must admit to gathering the excess fabric at the back of the dress using clothes pegs. Yup. I have used the most dastardly of Hollywood magazine cover tricks used to make their models/random celebs look like a gown had been custom fit. Oh, humble clothes pegs, how I love thee! Also, pardon the ridiculously hideous photograph. I am still recovering from my virus/sinus infection combo and am not game to go outside in a Canberra winter wearing a sundress at this time of year. Brrrr!
I have to say the stretching of the fabric really disappointed me. I was really pleased with my attention to detail on this dress and it felt like I could see how far my sewing skills had come since December. I mean, look at how lovely my lining is where it attaches to the zip. Dreamy, no?
I had to make a couple of adjustments to the fit of this dress while crafting up my muslin of awesomeness. Sewaholic patterns are designed with a pear shaped figure in mind and I found that my measurements were a bit all over the place. In the end I cut a 14 in the bodice and graded down to a 10 in the skirt. I shortened the darts on the front of the bodice as well as made them a little wider at the base. I also took in fabric on either side of the back centre seam to ensure the back of the bodice sat flat and didn’t gape. I then used Tasia’s tutorial for straightening the neckline. And then it was time to sew up a cute as a button sunshiney yellow summer dress to chase my winter sickness blues away!
So let’s get down to brass tacks…
What I liked about this pattern:
- Tasia’s instructions were very clear and well laid out. The language used was easy to follow and the steps logical. I’m loving the Sewaholic patterns.
- The lining tutorial that I found to give a professional finish to the lining. It looks so fancy!
- The bodice and cap sleeves. It’s adorable and I would love to make up a light wool one for work with the a-line skirt.
What I would change for next time:
- Use a more stable fabric. I really did not expect the gingham to stretch at all let alone as much as they did.
- Try the a-line verison. While I like a cute gathered dress, I also like the look of an a-line skirt and this would work well with a heavier fabric weight.
- Look more carefully at the size of my checks next time. I was trying to be fancy and cut the checks on the bias to make the waistband a cute feature. What I didn’t realise until too late was the checks are rectangular not square so the effect is a bit lopsided instead of eye-catchingly awesome. But, hey- maybe lopsided is the new eye-catchingly awesome?