I’ve recently been having the itch to sew. I’ve really become a domestic goddess between my love of cooking new recipes, finishing cross stitching projects, and a desire to sew. I suppose I should preface my interest in sewing as something that’s been on my mind since birth. My mother, who passed away in 2003, was a seamstress and loved crafts. She had a very DIY attitude about life, which was passed down to me . I haven’t sewn too much since Mom died, but I’ve done stuff here and there. I want to get back into it. I’m a little rusty so I decided to start with something relatively easy.
My good friend Brandon is getting married next Friday morning in vineyard back home in Illinois. I have a floral dress that would be okay to wear for the occasion, but I wanted something new. I wanted something simple with a touch of vintage home made to it (apparently I’ve been watching too much Mad Men. Are the fashions not AMAZING in that show?). After a trip to JoAnn and seeing all the fun new cotton fabrics, I picked up the pattern:
- New Look 6774 – Image from www.simplicity.com
I liked option “B+J+L.” I’m a sucker for a great halter top. I find them comfortable and the most flattering for my pear shaped self. I picked out a tan, cream, brown, dark red, and blue patterned cotton and grabbed a dark red for the contrasting portion of the waistband. I picked out some coordinating satiny fabric for lining, fusible interfacing, thread, and a zipper, and I was on my way.
Laying out the pattern and cutting it out is very difficult for me being the perfectionist that I am. It’s also difficult since I have no room to work in my one bedroom apartment. Joe has been very accomodating to my thread and fabric scraps everywhere. Working during the daylight is a must for me too since we’re short on outlets.
This pattern moves along quite easily. I will say that it called for a bit too much fabric, so I’ll see if I can’t ebay the remainder (I don’t see making a skirt or something with the pattern I picked, and I have no room right now to store it). I’ve had to rework the back because it runs big to me. Before installing the zipper (which is always a headache for me), I realized I was swimming in it. I’m always trying the garment on as I go along to avoid using my frenemy: the seam ripper.
Floral halter dress with red midriff band
After work tonight, I’m going to be fighting with the zipper and then deciding on an appropriate length for the dress. I love how it looks, but the fabric is a tinge too stiff right now. I think it’ll work though. I’ve already paired it with these amazing chunky gold and wood wedges I got for $10 last week. I decided to make what I want to call a “floral fabric fascinator.” It turned out cute, and I can wear it on the dress (as seen below) or in my hair.
Red fabric flower with pretty button