Sew and Sew

I was getting fed up of, I mean inspired by looking at the excessive amount of dressmaking production going on over at Roobeedoo.  So last Monday in a vain attempt to not feel sew (get it sew instead of so) inadequate I finished off a dress that I’d cut out last August!  

When I found the fabric, finally, it turned out that I had actually done more than I thought which was good and subsequently a tad problematic.  When I originally cut out the paper pattern I cut out a size 12 – which is what I was at the time.  In the four years since (to last August) I’d gone up to a size 14 so added extra room to the middle (without thinking ‘This will make the neck wider’) and sides.

I’d sewn up the top part of the bodice, which is lined with the main fabric, so all I needed to do was attached the bottom part of the bodice, make up the skirt, add the zip and do the hem.

I remembered that I’d made it bigger as I came to do the back seam and add the zip.  As there was no way I was going to start undoing the bodice to take it in at the sides I decided that the easiest thing to do was just to reduce the excess at the centre back which resulted in this…

The back straps being much closer together than at the front but since this is what the front looks like…

yes, a pretty wide neck opening which shows off to perfection my dialysis line, I don’t think I’ll be wearing it without a cardy…

so that solves the problem of anyone noticing that the back is much narrower than the front.

The dress didn’t even cost me anything – I had the zip and thread in and Auntie Eleanor gave me the fabric last year.

Pensive look in the second photo resulting from B taking the pictures.  I’ve said before about his point, wait a while, click, can you tell what it is, if so job done approach to photography.  So since I’ve now got him to take maybe three of each I don’t have much to choose from.

We also had a camera malfunction.  I thought it was bust as I couldn’t get it to come back on next time I tried to use it and couldn’t even blame B as I was the last one to touch it when I looked at the photos B had taken.  Turned out this was the problem and when I looked at them again and then exited this option it worked fine – I had the idea to try this while walking Bud this morning.  The first proper walk we’ve been on (just the two of us) since ohhhh, last October/November and we even went a bit further than his regular walk – which may be why I had to take an extra painkiller – but it was worth it.

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6 responses to “Sew and Sew

  1. love the dress.

  2. and the “cardy” goes very well. When my daugher and I traveled to Ireland a few years back I met my Irish penpal in person. She wrote us ahead of time to be sure to bring jumpers. Well, here that means a dress you pull over your head, wearing a T-shirt under it. Over there it means a sweater, or a cardy as the case may be. Luckily we packed sweaters anyway.

  3. What beautiful fabric…so happy you finished the dress! The cardigan goes perfectly with the print. What a beautiful model you are as well. So nice to hear that you and Buddy got a good walk. EZ finds them worth an extra pain pill as well!

  4. Pretty dress, made even prettier by the cardigan!

  5. Paula, it looks fabulous with and without the cardi!

  6. Very elegant! I do hope that B realises he has to take you out somewhere fancy to show off your new frock?
    BTW – never rely on a husband to take sewing pictures – the self-timer is far less impatient, as long as you can strike a pose in ten seconds without tripping over your hem!

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