It was very nice to be back at my machine, and in addition to whetting my appetite for sewing again, this project highlighted my self-taught, rookie habits. I began studying my nicer professional clothes... how the seams were finished, subtle cutting techniques, shaping methods, etc. I felt like I had a lot to learn, and was suddenly so dissatisfied with the quality of my me-makes. I took to the Internet (glorious Internet!) and I DISSECTED every you-tube, blog, online (free) class I could digest. Can you imagine what people must have had to do before the freaking Internet? I can't believe all the information I could find at my actual fingertips. Before long, I was fully immersed in a sewing education that 8th grade home ec simply could not offer.
If you are a home sewist, you probably already know about full-bust adjustments. You know what? With the ample bosom I have been
So, armed with my new-found knowledge and a great deal of zeal, I attempted my first fitted dress. I worked with Simplicity 1419, a Lisette pattern. I made the sleeveless dress with a peter pan collar.
There is no explanation for the bicycle print. My tiny Chicago apartment had zero open spaces, so I just moved my dining room table and shot the pic there. I feel like I fabricated some kind of hipster scene. I don't even own a bike.
I chose a black-on-white polka dot stretch cotton poplin. I love stretch cotton poplin. It washes well, and holds its shape. I had to do a monster fba. You can see the enormity of the darts in the second photo. I'm alright with that...
This could still use a few adjustments. For instance, there is some excess fabric at the upper bust. The collar is a little high, and can be uncomfortable (read: if I bend over, I'm choking.) I would definitely correct that bit in any future iterations. I also had to tack the collar down inconspicuously because I chose a rather heavy bottom weight from my stash, and the peter pan nomenclature became very apropos. All in all, though, I would rate this dress a success because A. I wear it and B. it fits for real. Woot!
You probably don't know me, but if you did you would be surprised at my new-found interest in wearing dresses at all. I just became some kind of girl-acting woman. To further illustrate that, and to punctuate this post, I leave you with the coordinating nail art I painted when I first wore this dress.