I made a dress!
I’ve made this dress before. It looked like this:
The first time I made it, I didn’t understand that I needed to add seam allowance to the pattern pieces. (It was a BurdaStyle pattern and they don’t put seam allowance.) The dress ended up being so tiny that I was able to wear it for the photo shoot and that was pretty much it. Every now and then I try the dress on again but can’t get it zipped up. Its Forever Home will have to be for either a child or a very petite lady.
Anyway, I made it a second time, finally, after several years! I’ve always wanted to make it again and finally did.
The first one was made from a gigantic queen-size duvet cover, given to me and my former husband by my former mother-in-law. It was one of the first home items we owned. After we moved into our second condo, our color scheme changed and I re-purposed the yardage.
The second dress I created out of a vintage bedsheet! It’s a funny coincidence that both dresses were made from bedding cottons.
I didn’t have Bemberg rayon lining on hand in the right color, so I simply used the same bedsheet for the lining, meaning that it has two layers of cotton. I wore it the other evening here in Yuma, Arizona, where it is typically 100+ degrees Fahrenheit, and I’m happy to report the cotton breathes well!
For some reason, adding the seam allowance made the dress a little too big. This irritates me slightly: without seam allowance it’s too small, with seam allowance it’s too big? I belted it though, to cinch the waist in.
The pattern neckline is cute in theory, but looks sort of over-sized and plain on me, so on both versions of the dress, I cinched the shoulders and stitched them down, making little gathers.
Halfway through the fancy dinner to which I wore my second dress, I realized I could also cinch at the center bust-line, give it an even more retro Marilyn Monroe kinda sweetheart bustline, and that maybe that would also solve some fit issues.
I didn’t get great photos of the dress yet, but I’ll plan a casual photo shoot and see what I can scrounge up. Off to scout locations, preferably a neutral-toned brick wall?