This poor dress. It hung in my sewing room closet for awhile waiting for me to finish it. I don’t know why, but I’ll leave projects incomplete forever it seems when I really only have 1 or 2 things left to do. I plugged in my iron, turned on LOST (Season 3 in case you were wondering) and got to work.
I turned up the hem, put on the blind hem foot, sewed it up and that hem was a first time go! The last time I tried to use this foot, I totally effed it up. The diagram in my sewing machine manual got me all confused and I sewed the hem backwards. (The opposite of blind hem, right? A rather obvious, backwards hem.) That skirt was filled with mistakes and frustrations – the backwards blind hem being the one that made me ball it up into a paper bag, stuffed in the back of my sewing closet. I may never finish that skirt…
So, back to the purple dress. I opted to close up the back slit using these pearl pink vintage buttons I got at Fancy Tiger. I made thread loops by zig zag stitching over 3 strands of thread. My Vogue Sewing Book wanted me to hand chain stitch the thread loop, but I was already 2 mimosas into my Sunday and that wasn’t happening. I had read awhile back on the Colette Patterns blog how to zig zag thread loops using a machine. Way easier.
So here I am. Excuse my bare feet and sports bra uniboob. My sister, who took these photos, begged me to “at least put on a real bra.” But I was lazy (see mimosa comment in previous paragraph).
The dress came together easily enough and I made no pattern adjustments. Its basically a belted sack dress thus no shaping to fiddle with. I like the gathering at the top and love the pockets (who doesn’t love pockets in a dress??!!) except the instructions given to construct the pockets were confusing. I didn’t even follow them.
I can’t find my elastic and I’m not about to make a special trip to purchase, so the sleeves aren’t exactly finished. The dress is totally wearable without elasticizing the sleeve. So I’m counting this project as complete!