I have had this pattern forever it seems. Snagged it during one of JoAnn’s pattern sales for like, $1.99 or something. Anyway, my summer work wardrobe is looking pretty boring; probably should get started on fixing that.
I ordered a lilac, stretch poplin from fabric.com (adding some quilting cottons in to the order to qualify for free shipping) which should arrive tomorrow.
But! I don’t have to wait for the fabric to begin work on this dress.
Step 1: Choose Size
I never, ever seem to make the correct size. Especially dresses. They always come out too big! I found this lovely blog, with this great tutorial. She’s so smart! I never thought to measure the actual pattern pieces! So, I re-measured myself. And then I began work on measuring the pattern pieces. The darts. Subtracting the seam allowances. Converting fractions to decimals and back.
It got really tedious. And it was late. And I worked a long, hard day. And I got my ass kicked at spin class tonight. And I’m single-parenting while JJ is away Army Training… (ok, enough. Back to the measuring and the subtracting.)
And then I found these little do-dads on the pattern pieces:
These little markings indicate the finished garment circumference, and they are found on the sleeve at the bicep, bust line, hip, waist and other places. I chose my pattern size based on these little circle crosses and their associated numbers. An 8 for the top. A 10 for the waist. A 12 for the hip.
Step 2: Cutting the pattern pieces
Um, pretty easy once I chose the size. I do have to transition the sizes between the different pattern pieces. And construction of this dress is a bit…odd. So that’ll take some work and I don’t have the energy to mess with it tonight.
Anyway, my lesson learned tonight is to take time and think it through. Planning. It really comes down to planning. With sewing, I tend to just jump right in. Cut! Pin! Sew! I think I just get so excited to get started and to finish that I don’t totally think through the parts that will trip me up during the process. Or I’ll breeze through steps and end up with a way-too-big dress/shirt/skirt.
Getting back to the planning, I’ll need to go get some 5/8″ buttons. Oh, and a yard of fusible interfacing. But I might have that already. Gotta check the stash.
Next steps: (or in the GTD fashion “next actions”)
*Look for interfacing