I mentioned in my last post that I was planning on using that sheet to make a practice dress for myself. Well, here it is:
I plan to make the actual dress out of Anna Maria Horner’s Social Climber (to be featured in my next Sunday Stash post), but I love the fabric so much and I paid too much for it. I couldn’t just cut into it without knowing that I would be pleased with the resulting dress. So, I made this one to practice. I figured I would not cry as much over a $1.99 sheet I got from Goodwill.
I used this pattern to make it:
I made dress C. It’s the one in the middle on the top. It was stressful at times, mainly because it’s been a few years since I have attempted to make a top or dress for myself. (Shirts and dresses for little girls are a little bit less involved.) There were times when I wished I was back working with Mrs. Reese because I would have loved her help. There was actually one point when I stared at the instructions and completely useless pictures for almost an hour before I figured out what I was supposed to do next and honestly, I didn’t figure it out because the instructions suddenly made sense, I figured it out because I stopped looking at the instructions and just looked at the fabric and did what made sense. I have to say, though, that the whole process would have been a lot more stressful if I had been using Anna’s fabric and not the Goodwill sheet.
Overall, I am pleased with the dress – I even wore it in public, which I totally was not planning to do. I do plan to make this next one a little shorter because as is, it falls at an awkward place on my knees. I really don’t think the real dress will be hard at all, now that I’ve already had it out with the pattern. It will be a while before I get to it though because I have vowed not to start any more projects until this one is finished:
This is a quilt that I started almost 10 years ago. It was going to be a wedding present for my husband, but it was a little bit too ambitious. I finished the top last night and am now in the process of making the sandwich. Wish me luck.