A Challenging Fitting Session

This is an update on my “wedding” dress progress. I’ve had nearly two weeks to make my dress for my cousin’s wedding and I am still at square one and making muslins.

I made the first muslin of the bodice in a size 12 and expected minimal fitting adjustments. After finishing it I put it on and had my sister pin the back together — and it seemed nearly perfect! I only needed to put some more curves into my front seams. THEN I tried to move my arms. Dun dun dun… It was so restrictive that my arms could only be lifted up to my shoulders.

Bodice Muslin

Bodice Muslin Size 12

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Just an Update

If you’ve been following my posts this past week, here’s an update on the dresses I’ve been making: It was either Monday or Tuesday that I finished the bridesmaid dress, and then I worked like the wind to get my fashion show dress done.

Because of poor timing, I didn’t get to see my client in her bridesmaid dress; however, I should see her soon.

For my gingham dress, It took me two days to make the bodice muslin fitted properly and a day to make the actual one. Yesterday I cut out the skirt in the outer fabric and lining; I gathered, with both, a total of 40 feet of material to my 27 inch waist. 🙂 After 10 hours of working, I went to bed at 2 a.m. At 7, I sprang from my bed, very determined, and went back to work! I finally finished my dress only an hour before leaving to the event. 😀 It’s crazy, I know. It’s done it’s done it’s done! In the next few weeks I’ll post the progress photos of this dress.

Now it’s time to move on to different things!

~Christina

Almost Done!

Yes! It is true, I am almost done with the bridesmaid dress! On Saturday, I finished the seam with the zipper, tacked the neckline, and took in the other side seam, all in two hours. 🙂

Bridesmaid Dress

Bridesmaid Dress

Tacked Neckline

Tacked Neckline

Now all that I have to do is hem the bottom! I don’t need my “client” to try it on again because she likes the length of the skirt. My friend kindly dropped off her machine so that I could use it to hem. She has a hemming foot for her machine and I don’t; it should be semi-easy now to finish it. I will need to get pictures before the dress forever leaves me!

Invisible Zipper

Invisible Zipper

All I can say is wow. I’ve put so much time and effort into this dress and I’ve learned so much. I’m really glad that I’m almost done. This is a great accomplishment and I now have the confidence to take on similar, preferably simpler, jobs.

Thanks for reading!

~Christina

Working on It…

Okay, here is the bridesmaid dress now!

Bridesmaid Dress

Bridesmaid Dress

I finished attaching the cummerbund and the skirt. The skirt, by the way, took almost an hour just to gather, plus it really gave my hands a workout!

Bodice Close-Up

Bodice Close-Up

The dress looks really nice on the woman I’m making it for. 🙂 I had the fitting, so now I need to take in the side seams a bit to accentuate her waist; fortunately, the invisible zipper has now been installed. After the side seams, I need to tack the bodice drapes to make the neckline, then all I’ll have left is hemming the skirt. 😀 😀 😀

The wedding is next weekend! I’ll be working on it this Easter weekend; no matter what, I can’t let the celebration distract me… really!…Hmm… Well, I’ll try to get most of it done this weekend, anyway. 😉

Here’s a link to my last post!

~Christina

Bridesmaid Dress

I’ve mentioned at least once that I have been working on a bridesmaid dress. Here is the bodice:

Bridesmaid Dress Bodice

Bridesmaid Dress Bodice

The pattern is McCall’s M6466. There is so much gathering required for this dress!

The bodice had to be fitted a lot; the woman I am making the dress for is 6′ 1″, so the bodice pattern needed to be altered.  I didn’t even know how the bodice went together until I made a muslin. I found that the pattern is self-facing, which is not alteration friendly. It was a headache to work with, and unless you’re really determined, I wouldn’t suggest lengthening or widening it.

That aside, now that the alterations are completed, everything else has been going smoothly. The bodice has a gathered cummerbund; I spent the last two days making it. I’m almost ready to attach it! I can see three more fittings in the near future. One for the cummerbund (once I attach it), a second for the side zipper, and one last one for the length of the skirt.

The skirt is going to be a pain to work with; I’ve already serged the panels together and I will say this: There is at least 9 yards of fabric in that skirt, and I have to gather it to the bodice. I’m talking about a poly-cotton, not tulle like the pattern suggests… So that should be interesting.

I need to get this done by next week so I can work on my fashion show dress. So much to do, so little time!

Thanks for reading,

~Christina

Gingham Summer Dress

For the fast approaching ASG Chapter fashion show (at the end of April), I’m making a simple summer dress that I hope to embellish. So far I’ve cut out the pieces. I’m only using the bodice of the pattern’s dress; the skirt will be gathered.

Pattern: Simplicity 8165

Pattern: Simplicity 8165

The pattern for the bodice is Simplicity 8165. The red gingham is a very thin cotton from New York, and the lining is 100% white cotton.

Dress Picture Close-Up

Dress Picture Close-Up

The dress will be sleeveless, and it will have these flattering diagonal darts on the bodice (above). I will probably be adding ties for a bow in the back as the pattern has.

Built into the bodice is six inches of ease for the waist, making it 33″ (my waist is 27″); I will have to take in the side seams quite a bit. (I am a bit picky when it comes to my waist).

Bodice Front

Bodice Front

I tried on the pattern, and to my dismay the waist of the bodice is a few inches below my own (shown above).

Right now I can’t work on this dress because I am currently sewing a bridesmaid dress; it is taking up most of my time. After I am done with that, then I will be free to rush my fashion show dress along. The alterations won’t be that difficult, and the fanciness of any embellishments I add will just depend on the time I have left.

Hopefully, within the next few weeks, I will have an update on this project. If not, UH OH! 😉

Thanks for reading!

~Christina