In fact...here's my first finished dress! Not bad, eh?
|My bangs have a mind of their own...tonight they're saying "I'm going to look ridiculous!"|
Here's the reality of it...
I spent hours on it. HOURS. So much for Simplicity and that "It's SO Easy" bull printed on the pattern pack. I don't know how many times I have fallen for that one, but it's never been "SO Easy"! This time was no exception.
Although, as I was going along, I was feeling pretty confident! I got the skirt put together. I totally rocked the bodice. It's putting the two together where things went south.
And I know (now) what I did wrong.
I cut the bodice a size smaller than the skirt. D'OH! In my defense, I was using my measurements and following the pattern pack guidelines. The bodice was supposed to be slightly gathered before sewing to the skirt. Since it was a size smaller, it didn't end up fitting the gargantuan sized skirt (which was cut to what I thought was my size). So I fiddled, un-gathered, and generally messed with the two pieces trying to get them to fit together until I got to that "I'm just going to sew the thing" point.
And then came the super fun job of trying to sew an elastic casing through all those layers and puckers and aforementioned mess. Followed by even more fun...trying to thread the elastic through casing that way to small in more than one place. Super super fun.
If any of you notice a peculiar cloud floating by, pay no attention, it's probably just the remnants of the cussin' fit that accompanied the whole elastic casing/threading elastic business.
Despite my resulting tent dress, there were some good things that came out of this little adventure:
- It was a good learning experience. I know what size to cut the next time and I will cut the top and bottom the same size. I think that might solve some of the trouble I had with the casing issue as well as the fit problems.
- It didn't end up in an angry heap forever banished to a ziplock bag in my closet. I finished it! I might even go back and work on it some more. Months from now.
- I actually made a dress. It was my first try, and even though I can't wear it, it is clearly a dress. I'd call that a success!
*my cowboy boots aren't really magic