Tuesday, February 01, 2011
The Blue Dress
This little number is something that I started way back in the Summer as a sew-along with my buddy Kathy. We both had all sorts of problems with this dress, the instructions are skimpy to say the least and the sizing is way off base. The pattern we used is the Trapeze Dress from the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. I really wanted to love this book, it's beautifully designed and photographed but the instructions and text seem like they needed just a bit more work. It was funny, when my friend and I were at the local sewing shop recently, the ladies who work there were talking about how the book is full of problems too. Ah well, at least the dress looks ok with something over it!
I made quite a few mods to make this dress work for me - it took it in about 4 inches in the back (and it's still too big) and I also added some darts in the front for a bit of shaping. I changed the straps to be a tie behind the neck halter because that made it look a bit less frumpy too. Overall, I'm glad it's finally done and that I have a cute dress to wear in the Spring!