23 January 2011
I made this dress this weekend. I used New Look pattern 6869. I have been watching Mad Men (a little Jon Hamm, anyone, anyone) and was inspired to make this dress. I cut it out on Thursday sewed most of it together on Friday and finished on Saturday during nap time. loving how it turned out.
the fabric is just a $4.00/yd cotton twill that i found at Hancock's. I was gonna go with a wool/cotton mix but figured that i could go back and make this dress again with the expensive crap.
I, as always, learned a few thingies.
1. Line the bodice with a light material. seriously. I lined it with the same fabric I used on the rest and it made for a very, very VERY thick collar.
2. Follow the directions.
3. Read the directions.
4. Invisible zipper foot. Holy crap, the greatest invention ever. EVER! I did not even know this thing existed till yesterday. Life changing. It only cost $2.40 at Joann.
5. Put in my first vent.
6. I need a dress form.
8. I am pretty sure that the directions were translated from Mandarin Chinese.
9. Dang, my calves look good in this dress:)
10. Zippers- I kill 'em.
My confidence in dress making is definitely getting better. I am a pro at darts (16 for this dress) and sleeves. I ended up putting in four sleeves (two for each copy- the outside that you see and the lined bodice). I am pretty pro at collars, but my confidence is not quite there, you know?