Ok, so my pink sweater is not only super dingy now, it also has a giant rip on the boob part for some reason. I had plans to wear the exact same sweater for the pictures, but nope, there is a giant hole in it...and it was my favorite sweater. But, now I wont feel bad when I cut it apart and to make a pattern out of it.
Okay, so I went to school for photography and I really toyed with self portraits for my art. Now, the blog pictures are usually done by my husband. I love my husband so much, but he is very detail oriented. So, when I ask him to take pictures of the back of my makes, it takes FOREVER! He tries to get me to do poses and things like that. I get so irritated...I mean seriously, I just need a quick picture of the back. So, today I was extra...ummmm...impatient and I obnoxiously was telling him how it needs to be quick-quick and he snapped a couple perfectly fine pictures, but I chose the one where I am obnoxiously snapping at him lol! Plus it looks like I am dancing!
So, this dress is made differently than the first one. For starters, look at the print matching on the front skirt and I made sure to center the hearts on the front bodice. I ended up having very little fabric left to match the side seams, but that's okay...the front looks nice. I also didn't seam every single seam like last time. The shoulder seams and side bodice seams are finished with turned under finis I serged the skirt seams and the edges of the facings. I also discovered a great way to finish off the waistline. I opened out the facing and pinned the skirt on and folded the facing back over. So, basically you have the skirt sandwiched between the facing and bodice piece. I didn't know if it would work out so I didn't take pictures of it. I do plan on making it again, so I will have to take a picture of what the heck I mean lol.
The other change I made was eliminating the cap sleeves. Honestly, my other dress had these minimal little cap sleeves after all of my fitting there wasn't any left. I always wear cardigans (as you can tell by my farmer's tan!) and when I wore cardigans with my last dress, it almost looked like I was wearing shoulder pads. So, this time, I just used my french curve to trim that section off. I like the way it sits on my shoulders much better this time. Instead of drafting new facings for the armholes, I decided just to finish off the armholes with bias tape! I made it myself (obviously) and I HATE ironing bias tape, so it is more like a Hong Kong Finish instead of a true bias tape finish, but it is pretty similar.
One thing I did NOT change was the dart placement. So, I had said I wanted to shorten the darts by an inch and for some insane reason, I thought I had already done that on the pattern, but nope. Oh well, next time I really will have to do that. I also need to shorten the pattern by 2 inches because I didn't do that and it was a little stressful trying to fit everything on my fabric.
So, another thing I did differently was I actually understitched my facings. So, without the topstitching, the neckline doesn't pucker and it actually sits nice. Side note: I actually wore this dress to a family reunion yesterday and I got a pretty bad sunburn! This is WITH sunblock. My face and legs didn't burn for some reason, but yeah, that's why I am like a tomato and my dress is wrinkly!
So, why did I make an exact copy of a dress? Well, it was because I knew I would learn a lot by doing it and I did it purely for science reasons. I didn't accidentally put a red lipstick in my pocket and then wash and dry my dress. What? I would never.
But, seriously, it looked like I murdered someone. I tried saving it and it didn't work so I tossed it. When my husband came home that night, I told him about the tragedy and he was actually upset. So, anyone who has made this dress in fabric that wrinkles will agree with me when I say that this dress is a BEAST to iron! And anyone in my family can tell you how much I HATE ironing and also I am pretty bad at it. So, my husband offered to iron my dress for me every time I washed it ( I know, he is amazing and no, I can't loan him out) and he spent A LOT of time with my older dress. He looked like he lost a member of the family. I told him I could make it again in leopard print, I have some in my stash, but no...he wanted it in the same fabric. Unfortunately the fabric store where I bought it from ran out long ago. So, I was browsing Denver Fabrics, and I found it! So, I bought 3 yards of it (and some sweater knit) and when it came in, I showed him and I have NEVER seen him so happy about a fabric purchase! So, when the family reunion invite came, I knew I would have to remake this dress for that occasion. He was pretty happy about the dress being done and I love to wear it because I know it makes him happy.
Except that when it came to picture taking, he wanted everything to be perfect and it took forever....I love how I sing his praises and then complain.
I love you Devin! I made this dress just for you! Thank you for ironing my clothes, taking my pictures, and putting up with my impatience!