Hey Sew Family, missed you!
I've always struggled when it comes to finding a great fitting shirt, blouse or even
shirtdress for that matter. When you're top heavy or a big busted gal, nothing ever fits right
especially if it buttons up! Off the rack I often deal with the infamous gaping, or have to settle for
a full blousey, or shapeless fit. This is one reason why I love sewing, "fit and options"! When I came across this pattern I immediately loved all the options, full or straight skirt, sleeveless, short sleeve and quarter length sleeves. I love a yoke back but most importantly, "no need to do an FBA"
I've had this yellow cotton swiss dot in my stash for a long time, clueless about what to do
with it! I ordered 4yrds from Fabricmart when they were running a sale a few years back, I tend to stash and figure it out later, lol. (I can't be the only one that does this, huh?!)
I love the fitted bodice, no gaping at all!!! No fba's or pattern adjustments on this one.
The only adjustments were adding a lining!
The pleated back is gorg., I like how it's full in that area, yet fitted in the front and did I mention
I have waist definition, yeah!! I originally made this dress for Easter but wore it for Mother's day,
I felt pretty dainty that day.
This fabric sewed and pressed flawlessly. It's kinda sheer, but not see thru,
perfect for our climate. I couldn't button it on the manni, but it fits fine. I've dropped a few
pounds so I need to unstuff her a little, ;-)
I didn't line the bodice, but decided to line the skirt in a thin white cotton I found in the quilting
section at Hancock's. (I buy this by the bolt in black, white and cream for lining purposes,
with my coupons of course, js!)
It took me forever to hem this dress, not because it was hard, I just hate hemming!! It's the
last thing I do, so I tend to procrastinate. Is it awful that I have a closet full of unhemmed dresses?!
:- / Yeah, I kno.......
In the process of applying all 6,756 buttons, I've discovered a genius way of keeping them
put while I sew them all down!
After I've stitched all the buttonholes in, I mark the area, making sure they're lined up correctly....
....then I add some glue on the back with my handy dandy glue stick! Press it down in place
making sure my holes are straight the way I want them, and proceed to sew them one after
another without stopping to adjust or re-align! Genius right!? lol
|(M6696 for my references)|
Til next time, C-ya!!