So I attempted to make an evening gown for myself. Isn't this pattern gorgeous? I love it. I love the color too.
This dress is not finished; it is not hemmed.
I had some problems.
Problem #1, I tried to make it quickly. My husband had a formal dinner to go to and I thought I would make my dress. That's what you do when you sew, right? Who wants to go pay $$ when you can make it yourself. I had the fabric in my stash from a year ago, as well as the pattern.
Problem #2, I did not make a swayback adjustment. I should have known better. Let me just say that not doing one in the length of a shirt is not near as disastrous as not making one in a dress. At least I think so.
Problem #3, The 20/22 inch zipper that the pattern calls for is long for my torso and ended at a not-so-nice area...by my behind, making the dress kind of poke out there a little. I did, however, shorten it after it was already sewn in. I'm happy to say this is possible to do. It takes some unpicking, but possible.
Problem #4, See how low the front is? I should have anticipated that. I will redraft the front bodice piece to come up about an inch on me.
Problem #5, I put the zipper in too high, not leaving room for a hook and eye closure. I thought I would cheat and put it higher so it wouldn't need one. I don't recommend doing that. You get a weird little V look at the top. Not a big deal and my hair would cover it, but noting for future reference in case I forget!
I'm not sure what type of fabric this is. I thought it was crepe back satin, but I recently bought some and compared the two and that's not it. Maybe satin charmeuse?
It wasn't difficult to sew, but it would snag occasionally, resulting in a pulled thread.
Two things that don't belong in the same sentence are quick and evening gown when you are talking about sewing. I am definitely going to make this again. I think I will make View A so I have less fabric to work with. This dress is fully lined too, which is another first for me.
I was really disappointed that my dress didn't turn out. I just didn't think it through. I jumped and ran with it. Overall, I think the pattern instructions are great! It was not a difficult dress to make, it just needs to be fine tuned to my body.
I had to go buy a dress, which I felt added insult to injury. It too is a beautiful dress though, but I would much prefer to make something than buy it. My amazing husband took me shopping almost immediately; he knew how disappointed and defeated I felt.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley