Christmas Dress!

Well, I guess this a product of somewhat lazy sewing/inexperience. I’ve still worn the outcome, but in the future, I would like to do better.

My new friend Guadalupe and I...

My new friend Guadalupe and I…

I made both dresses, but this post is about the Victory Pattern’s Nicola Dress on the right. I made my first attempt at grading out, but it was mediocre. In the bodice, I tried to just use the extra seam allowance and used a 2/8 seam allowance at the bust line, and then graded down to the included 5/8 seam allowance in the waist. I also used a 2/8 seam allowance at the shoulders. Not knowing much, I didn’t realized that this would affect the other pattern pieces. As a result, the facing was short, and the bodice didn’t meet the skirt in the right way.

I made a muslin first, but still couldn’t figure out how to fix some major fit issues. It definitely looks a little sloppy when you look closely. oh well! Live and learn.

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I am fond of this fabric, however. It’s a laser printed Rayon from Stonemountain and Daughters. woo!

And on the bright side, I got some amazing fabric store gift cards, and this dope ass, pin-able dress form. Whatwhat!

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Take off!

Weeeeellll, here we have it, I’m actually going to sit down and hack out my very. first. sewing blog. post!!

this is my first ever make.

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It’s Mccall’s M5512.

I don’t have much to say about construction as I don’t know much about construction. But. Here’s another picture for you!

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And one more. I was warned to stay away from zippers for my first pattern. So I did. Check out the keyhole neckline, crooked, but sweet.

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Also, don’t look too closely, or you’ll notice that the print is upside down on the 2/3 of the dress panels haha

When I make this again, I’ll interface the collar. I don’t think it’ll stand up to much wear. I’ve already tried to make the long sleeve version, but I think I cut out the wrong size or something, because it’s huge. And hideously unflattering. When I feel like looking at it again, I’ll solve that problem.

Anyways, off to a running start here. I have a few more makes under my belt, that I’ll try and post here soon. Can’t wait to continue this adventure!