Monday, August 17, 2009

The dress is done!

I've been working (and procrastinating a lot) on the flower girl dress I agreed to make for a friend's daughter. Having never worked with sheers before, I found the process quite challenging, right from cutting the pattern pieces to actually sewing everything together. BUT (drum roll please!), the dress is finally finished and my friend and her daughter both love it. I also learned a lot, including:

* huge flat washers from the hardware store make fantastic (and inexpensive) pattern/fabric weights. I purchased ten to begin, but will be getting at least another ten for larger patterns.

* how to set up and use the rolled hem feature on my serger, which was uber helpful in taming the raw edges of the sheer fabric.

* how to insert an invisible zipper. Given my trouble with the fabric, and the fact that I've never done an invisible insertion before, I was pretty happy that it only took me two tries. I can't believe I've avoided them for so long. I had no idea how to start, so used this video tutorial on YouTube.

Now for some photos...and I'm a little disappointed in these, but that's what happens when you decide to take pictures at two in the morning.

This is the pattern, Vogue for Me 7681, view A, which is the bottom left of the three views.

My friend wanted some modifications, including shortening the dress to just below the knee, adding some extra volume to the skirt, and creating a removable, pleated sash instead of the attached half sash included on the pattern.

Here's the finished product (and it looks much better on a little girl than it does on the floor):

The pleated sash, which only appears crooked (=

The bodice lining (another first for me), along with ribbon used to cover the raw edges of the gathered waist.

Dress without sash

Next projects: padded fleece and cotton cat mats to be used to keep the kitties at a local no-kill sanctuary comfortable (my good deed for the week), and then an end-of-summer top for my step mom. I'd really like to start making more garments for myself, but I'm losing baby (and other excess) weight and would rather wait until I plateau before making things that I'll shrink out of too soon.


  1. It's beautiful! Your hard work really shows and I'm glad your friend and her daughter were pleased!

    Continue to be fearless in your will reap so many more creative rewards that way!

  2. Beautiful dress, I can't believe it's your first time working with sheers, you should be very proud and I hope she paid you well. Love the sash.

  3. Tanya, You are a wonderful seamstress. I'm totally impressed with your talent and skill. The dress turned out great!