Monday, March 28, 2011

The 12-Dress Project, Dress #1 (M5752)

So here is the finished product.... It took a week (that's actually good for me). I took my time because I was learning to manage the hand of the fabric at the same time. I like the finished product--I fell in love with the print the moment I saw it. I'm not sure the print was flattering for my thicker waistline, but I'm sure I'll wear it again anyway. I have another white and black knit in mind for the same dress. I may do that next or save it for down the road. My goal is to complete 12 dresses by the end of December. I'm already behind, but at least I've purchased most of the fabrics and patterns. Spring and summer will fuel my enthusiasm about making dresses as well. More to come....

My Friday night cut out... Friday night sew-in was more like a Friday night "cut out," but I was thrilled anyway. I didn't get any sewing done on Friday night. Instead, I was able to cut out McCall's 5752...finally. There were a few hurdles to overcome. The first was in my own head. I'm not a fan of sewing knits...never have been. However, I love the feel and look of a well-sewn knit. I love the pattern and thought even I could pull it off. I have been stockpiling fabrics for my long overdue "12-Dress Project." My goal is to make 12 dresses by the year's end. I haven't made a dress in over 10 years. I love suitings, slacks, and skirts--the hand of the fabrics is weightier andfabulous. The "12-Dress Project" is my attempt to overcome anxiety about slinkier fabrics and dresses in general. The second hurdle was the infamous "FBA." You know I hate it, but I grow more confident with each project. This time, Palmer/Plestch made it a little easier to stomach. This McCalls pattern had the marking for the alteration included. Overall, the project came together well. I will post pictures soon.

Images of the fabric and pattern are below:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Night Sew-in coming...

This is my first time committing to participate. Heidi and her friend Bobbi host this virtual event to encourage us to make time for what we enjoy. The next one is planned for March 18th. I plan to prep this weekend; I will be ready to focus on sewing next Friday! Whoo hoo!!