Obviously I can’t pull myself away from the “ I made a _____” title. I tried in the above title… baby steps right?
So I ordered this great fabric from Mood.
You know Mood, it’s where they shop on Project Runway. I wanted some stripes, couldn’t find what I wanted locally, so I searched online. I came across Mood, found what I liked (was happy with the price) and a few days later this arrived in the mail!
I had plans with this fabric. I wanted a striped dress to wear with my Hunter Boots. I had a look in mind, so I thought “why not just make it?”
And so I did.
Like my shirt, I just used an existing dress to make my pattern. I always make it a bit bigger for my seam allowance as well as some extra room to work with.
I decided the sleeves weren’t going to work so off they went. I was a little bummed cause I wanted some flowy sleeves but I didn’t allow enough fabric for that. Boo. But next time I’ll know. I also decided on a V neck since the last shirt I made was rounded. Just for something different. And I wish I would have gotten a pic of this. To make the V neck I put the dress on and used blue painters tape (which has become a sewing staple for me, remember I used it here?) to mock up the neck. Then I knew exactly where to make my cuts. Worked beautifully.
I had to keep putting the dress on, make adjustments on length, etc and I was finished!
I cut my pattern, sew it together. Next I try it on and take some mental notes. Then I leave it for a while and go do something else like laundry, TV, whatever. I then put the dress back on and sew some of the adjustments. Take it off, leave it, do something else. I repeat this step a few more times until I am happy with the result. Even when I’m finished I keep trying it to make sure I’m happy with it. I think this keeps me from making mistakes.