Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Victory Is Mine!

Remember my plans to make one of these dresses?


And my plans to wear it to my sister's wedding in Alaska next year?

Well, she got married already.


Aren't they cute?

No biggie. They got to buy a house and I guess we saved $6000 not having to go up to Alaska next year. Given the dismal state of the job market for teachers and the hatred Governor Chris Crispe Creme Christy is stirring up for teachers and their unions, it probably all worked out for the best.

Maybe it will be 20 years when we finally make it back home.

I decided to make the dress anyway since I had the fabric, the zipper and the thread.

I was a little apprehensive since a) My sewing machine is the mechanical incarnate of Satan and b) I'm still a beginner sewer. The most complicated thing I've sewn are jammie pants.

Since the pressure was off to make something that looked fantabulous for Youngest Younger Sister's wedding, I jumped into it.

I had a little help on the way.




The furry little shit had the audacity to start batting at my scissors as I was cutting! Pardon me for ruining your little pattern tent Springsymcdoodle!

The whole thing took me three days to make--working when the littlest Mooch was in bed for the night.

The verdict?

Chunky doesn't understand how to use the "zoom" function yet.


The deets ala knitted FO style:

Pattern: Simplicity 4675, Style A, Size 14

Fabric: Just a simple 100% cotton, brown with light pink dots

Notes: It's not perfect. My biggest gripe is the neckline.


It shifts and you can see my bra straps and tattoo. While I'm not so worried about my teeny lady bug (I can name like five secretaries that have much larger and more visible tattoos than mine at the office), the bra strap thing bugs me.

I wore it to work today with a strapless bra and my god, that was UNCOMFORTABLE!

As for the rest of the pattern, I feel for a beginner, I effin' rocked it.

I rocked the pleats!

I conquered the 22" zipper and made it look somewhat decent!


There were princess seams on the boobies--those were very hard to sew! And I they don't pucker!

And I made decent looking darts too!

I really love this dress!

I probably won't wear it too much due to the bra-strap issue, but I could totally see myself making it again using the neckline that Style D has.

In the meantime, I'm going to do a little victory in sewing dance!


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Blogger Zonda said...

Good job! At least it fits, more than I can say for my first dress LOL! It's a good style for you. Wonder if you could make the neckline a bit smaller next time.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Congrats to your sister too!

7:59 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

The dress looks amazing!!! Congrats on conquering it. I don't think you qualify as a beginner anymore.

This is my ghetto solution to bra stras that show in a dress/shirt. I safety pin the bra strap right to the dress/shirt, so if it shifts, so does the bra strap and it never shows. If you pin carefully, you won't even notice the safety pin.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Oh, and congrats to your little sister and her new hubby! They're adorable.

8:05 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Wow! Good job the dress looks great!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about if you made the front panel narrower so it wouldn't fall off your shoulders - just fold the pattern so it is 1 or 2" narrower? Would that make it not fall off your shoulders? It might make the waist too small though (I can't tell in the photo).

Or safety pin your bra straps to the dress?

8:10 PM  
Blogger Design Diva Susan said...

Very Nice!! Good job! I love the victory dance.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Awww, that's too bad you won't go to Alaska next year. My husband and I had a quickie justice of the peace wedding too (didn't have the time/money for a regular wedding).

I love the dress, though! It looks great on you! I can't do strapless bras either. Maybe it's my lousy eyesight, but I really can't see your bra strap showing in that picture.

Speaking of bra straps though, what really irks me is seeing women wearing racerback tops/tank tops with a regular bra. I want tell them to buy a racerback bra for heaven's sake!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Shrinky Inky said...

success!! it looks really great! I have weirdly small shoulders and thing slip and slide all the time - until i discovered "fashion tape" which is basically double stick tape. I use this kind,default,pd.html which comes precut in two sizes and great for hems that fall out or wrap skirts that blow open or shirt gaposis and any number of wardrobe malfunctions. you can also find it in lingerie shops and i wouldn't be surprised if drugstores carried something similar. it sticks to your skin or fabric to fabric w/o damaging skin or fabric.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

It's awesome! Great job! I may have to add that pattern to the list of ones I want. :) A dress is next on the sewing list for me, for 2 weddings I'll be attending this summer. Any words of inspiration you can pass along, please do.

And congratulations to your sister! They are a very cute couple, and HER dress is very cute!!

10:19 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Awesome job on that dress!

What Crafty Christina said about bra straps. Small safety pin around the bra strap into the neckline facing. It works fine! Just remember it when you disrobe.

For uppity sewing machines, there have been tutorials in Threads magazine over the years on how to get the best, smoothest performance from your machine. Things like, change the needle frequently. match the needle to the fabric.

One thing I learned by trial and error is to never manually crank the machine backwards; only forwards. Also, the direction you put the bobbin into the holder matters.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am PROUD of you! That truned out very NICE!

Is that a victory dance with Moochie?

As for your bra strap...double sided tape. Ask your sister how her wedding dress was kept in place. Worried about a bra strap....this from the girl who invented "Black and White" Day!!!

Cats and cutting out patterns!!

Love, Mom

11:06 PM  
Blogger ~RaenWa~ said...

Congrats to your sister & brother in law. For that being your first dress you did a great job.

11:19 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Cute dress! You did a great job!

Also - congrats to your sister and her new hubby. Her dress is really cute, too!

12:12 AM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Awesome job!! OKay, I love the victory dance picture! Too cute! And I think you are past the beginner sewere stage now!

Congrats to your sister!! I'm all for skipping the fancy wedding..well, at least at my age. Save those pennies for something else, right?

12:43 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Ah, I remember my first dress...had to wear a sweater so you wouldn't see how ginormous the back was (it kinda puckered outward between my shoulder blades...

Yours looks awesome. Also multiple congrats to your sister.

12:50 AM  
Blogger Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Wear a shrug or shawl w/ it.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Congratulations to her sister on her wedding :) Andrew and I had to get married pronto like that as well - we ended up getting married then having our wedding 8 months later. The dress looks great - I wouldn't have guessed it was polka-dotted in the first picture (powder blue and chocolate brown are one of my favourite combinations).

5:48 AM  
Blogger bmom said...

Invisible zippers can be your friend -- I've found them easier to put in.

Congrats to your sister -- she looks just like you.

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Marie Grace said...

Awesome! You can always wear a little knit cardigan over it to hide the bra straps:-)

6:58 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

very nice! it fits great. you could always pin your bra to the dress if it bugs you.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dress turned out great. I love the material. Too bad about the wedding...we had talked about going up for it. Love, Aunt Susan

7:55 AM  
Blogger LBorealis said...

OMG, It's absolutely darling! Nice work!

I find that for uppity sewing machines, the best thing to do is to talk to them soothingly.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous said...

Open up part of the seam where the facings are attached, and make a couple little pleats on each side. New design feature!

Very cute you you!

8:34 AM  
OpenID pyewacketsid said...

Rock ON with your bad self! I am darned impressed. Someday, I will conquer my fear of the sewing machine.

Ah, "helpful" cats. :p

9:50 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Congrats on your first dress, it looks great on you! And you did it with the Beast of Satan, no less! I think you officially graduated out of beginner status with this dress, lucky you. It's going to be a while before I get there!

P.S. Do you have a zipper foot? They're something like $3.50 at Joann's, and with a 40% off coupon, it'd be practically free. Makes a huge difference when putting in zippers!

10:11 AM  
Blogger DPUTiger said...

Color me impressed! Just the idea of sewing clothes gives me hives. That dress looks fantastic!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

Wow!! Outstanding! Looks excellent! And kudos to you for actually trying it on with panty hose!

As for the bra issue, that's a pet peeve of mine too....I'd try a style that sets the straps farther apart.....

And I'm not surprised you have such a smarty boots sister.....

1:10 PM  
Blogger Necia said...

The dress looks AMAZING Bezzie! Congrats on a job well done!

1:35 PM  
Blogger Woollycraft Workshops said...

thats brill! Well done.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous SiressYorkie said...

Lovely jubbly!! It's gorjuss! skulls? ;)

2:55 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Adorable! Makes me want to buy something more than fat quarters to take my new machine for a test-run, but I'm so rusty. I bow to your greatness. And love the swinging giggling belly flying past in that last one :-)

10:23 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

The dress looks awesome!

I have to say, though, at least your "helper" was under the pattern. As soon as I lay a pattern or material on the floor to cut or measure, my considerably heavier beagle helper lays on it, and then he rolls all over to apply his scent. Everything smells like dog. Thanks, Cody!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

Oh, wow. That dress does all the right things for you, in all the right places... utter stunning perfection. I guess that's the benefit of actually sewing your own clothes -- they fit better than store-bought. Love it, love the color, the dots... everything.

Congrats to your sister!

6:43 AM  
Blogger masshag said...

Your dress is really pretty and looks quite nice on you. You might get a tiny bit of matching ribbon, some tiny sew in snaps to hold your bra strap in. You can stitch one end of ribbon to facing , wrap it around strap and snap in place. It might be a little easier to do by yourself than using a safety pin.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Excellent! I'm a beginner sewer too and the hardest thing I have ever made is a drawstring bag. LOL You are a sewing goddess in my eyes!

Congrats to your sister.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer Youngblood said...

You should use double sided tape to stick your dress to your bra...I use it all the time when I go dancing! It works wonders! :)

10:23 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

it looks beautiful! You're making me want to get out my 'beast' (it only works when it wants to) and make something for myself. I forget how much I love to sew.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

That style looks wonderful on you. The dropped waist business does not do all of us justice.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Congratulations to the happy couple! Sorry you couldn't be there, but at least your dress rocks. Excellent victory dance!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lovely job! The style, the fabric, the zipper!!! All wonderful.

6:22 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Wow, bravo!

7:35 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

The dress looks great! You've got a lot of great suggestions for the strap issue, I'm sure you'll find a solution. This dress is awesome! Love the color/fabric too.

6:04 AM  

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