Do you ever start a project that you think will take just a few hours and will be instant gratification…and then you hit road bump after road bump and two weeks later you’re STILL not finished? This was one of those projects…but now that I’m finally done, I’m really happy with the results!
I’ve wanted to make a skater dress for a long time, and when I found the Sonja pattern on Burdastyle I knew it was the one. I really liked working with this pattern, and the instructions were easy to follow.
My problems came when I tried to fit the bodice. I spent some quality time with my muslin – took in the side seams; shortened the bodice; etc – and it finally fit perfectly. But for some reason, when I constructed the bodice out of my fashion fabric, it was way off! I ended up having to re-fit the bodice in the final dress. Still, I finally got a product that I’m mostly happy with…although there are definitely a few things that I would fix if I could…but when is that not the case?
I tried some different seam finishes in this dress. I couldn’t find the right seam binding in my local fabric stores, so I tried my overedge foot for the first time. I love it! Although, I’m not convinced that was the best finishing technique for this silk…but it worked.
I hand-picked the zipper and the lining on the inside to keep it in place.
I really love this dress, and I think I’ll be making a few more. I definitely want one in a print for a casual day dress…maybe my Spoonflower designed fabric!
In other news, my Britex Flocking Birds printed silk arrived, so I’ll have to make a decision on what it should become when it grows up – blouse? skirt? Any suggestions? I only have a yard so I’m pretty limited. Apparently it’s now sold out and they will not be getting it back in stock, so I need to do something special with this precious yard of Italian finery…