So, I made a dress.
I finished the dress a couple of months ago but didn’t hem it until this weekend. Thankfully the weather is still pretty warm here so I was able to wear it at least once before the season really changes.
The pattern I used was Vogue 8469. I had to make an adjustment to the bodice–adding about 4 inches to it in order for the waist band to actually make it to my waist (I did a muslin of the bodice and everything!) The fabric is cotton but with a titch of spandex so it has a nice body to it.
The dress is far from perfect–if you look closely it is clear I am not an expert seamstress. Putting in the zipper was my least favorite part (and now that it is done opening and closing the zipper by myself requires some serious arm bending). The waist is pretty snug so gaining weight is not an option (which I suppose is a good thing). As for the pattern itself, the sleeves turned out a little shorter than I was picturing and I wish they were a bit longer as I don’t love short cap sleeves on me. Overall though, I am happy with the way it turned out. And while I won’t be appearing on Project Runway anytime soon…I am pleased with my sewing progress.
Now that this dress is finally finished I can’t help but think of what’s next. Ideally something without a zipper. I mean really, do our clothes actually need zippers? I think a lot more people would take up and stick to sewing if zippers weren’t involved. Just saying.