It has been an enjoyable break, and I did even get around to a little crafting!
Most recently I decided on a Monday (Feb 10th) that I needed a new dress to wear to the Season Launch of the local theatre where my Partner is the manager, this event was on the Thursday night (Feb 13th)... 4 days to have the dress finished, around my full time job. Nothing like a bit of pressure motivation!
I had some beautiful satin a scored on clearance from Fabric.com and I found a beautiful free pattern which I downloaded and printed - The Coffee Date Dress, courtesy of the Selfish Seamstress http://selfishseamstress.wordpress.com/
A phone call to my mother to get a zipper express posted the 1800km from the closest spotlight store and I was off!
|My two choices of satin, |
I'm so glad I chose the blue!
|Pattern laid out and ready to cut the fabric|
|Bodice - marked out ruffle stitch lines|
|All pinned together!|
|Zipper all pinned in|
|Front - pinned and waiting on the zipper and back seam|
|Obligatory Bathroom "Selfie"|
|My Man and I|
|Even made the local paper!|
It was stressful! There was lots of unpicking! I finished the dress in time to shower and curl my hair and only be 10 minutes late for the start of the event!
It paid off. I am SO happy with this dress! I know it is full of flaws, but at a glance, they are not noticeable. I received so many compliments on my dress, and people were floored that I had made it myself! Since then I've been told I should open a dress shop and make people dresses... hahaha funny. As if sewing for myself isn't tricky enough!
My sister couldn't believe from the photos that it wasn't store bought, which I took as a compliment (I showed her the actual dress and she believes me, there's a few dodgy bits)
The satin really dresses up this pattern, I love it! I can't wait to make it again in a more casual fabric, and perhaps with different embellishments from the gorgeous ruffle. A flower on a waist belt perhaps?
I've recently discovered Craftsy and Spoonflower, so all I need now is endless free time, fabric and sew-jo and I'll have the most wonderful wardrobe in the world!