So, I joined the Summer Spark sew-a-long on Flickr. You would know this if I actually posted about it, but I didn't. Oh well, anyways, I was going to use Simplicity 1880 because I am in that sew-a-long as well. But, I ended up not getting enough fabric for that pattern. So, I did a last minute scramble and I finished Vogue 1190.
Pattern: $4 (sale at Joann's)
notions: already had on hand
Don't mind the look on my face, this is my "hurry up and take the picture" look! I swear I will get better at being in front of the camera on day!!
If you recognize the fabric, it's because it is the same sheet I used on Betsy! I love using vintage sheets! I also used a random remnant of brown satin. I am not exactly sure what I got it for originally, but I put it into this dress.
When I bought the pattern, I really wanted to make this dress up in a fancy satin, but I never found the right fabric. So, when I couldn't finish Simplicity 1880, I looked through my patterns and settled on this vogue pattern and my beautiful vintage sheet.
I did a couple things differently in this pattern. The most obvious (which really isn't all that obvious to begin with) is I kept the darts on the inside. The pattern has you sew exposed darts, but I didn't really like the look. I also used hem tape for the hem and I handstitched the hem. I really like how that looks.
What I learned:
I learned that I don't have to stick with the recommended fabrics. I can branch out and try different things, but I really need to think about drape. The skirt is a little stiffer than the one the model is wearing in the photo. I am happy with it and I prefer the slight a-line the cotton gives it, but I just need to remember that for other projects.
Will I make it again?
You know what? I probably wont be making this again. I kind of feel like a clown in this dress. I am sure that a fabric with more drape would do better with the ruffles, but in this fabric, the ruffles stick out at weird angles. I feel weird with all the ruffles sticking out at my boobies. But, that's fine, I will wear the heck out of this dress, I just don't know if I want another one in my closet.
Don't mind my bangs...I just got a haircut and the lady really didn't listen to me when it came to my bangs :(
Also, I am visiting my parents this week and I brought a bunch of outfits that I needed to photograph for the blog. So expect more posts this week :P