Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Not-For-Christmas Dress aka The Easter Dress

I started this dress in late October or early November when I was flush with enthusiasm after finishing my very first dress.  I set myself the (I thought) reasonable goal of finishing it for Christmas.  I work well with a deadline in mind and since it was red fabric this seemed like a good goal to shoot for.  But, then I ended up deciding to fly out to Seattle to visit my sister for a week, I got a really bad stomach flu promptly upon my return, my step-father passed away, and you know, the dress plans went by the wayside.  And then without a clear deadline any longer in mind the nearly completed dress just languished in my to-be-completed pile needing only to have the zipper inserted and the bottom hemmed.

So, I took advantage of my Easter Monday off by finally taking those last steps and finishing the dress off.  It took hardly no time at all, really.
Once again I am sort of amazed that I made it.  Possibly even more than with the first because I really and truly made this second dress all by myself.  I am pretty proud.  And I think it looks pretty darn good, too.  And it wasn't even all that hard!  Hooray!  My practice is paying off!  I really like the fit of the dress and the large, deep pockets.
Next time I am going to try the same pattern, but with the optional sleeves and possibly one of the alternate necklines.  But, I'll have to rummage around in my rather small fabric stash and see if I have anything which suits the bill first.

10 comments:

  1. Now that is a really beautiful dress. The colour suits you so well, too. I should think you are indeed proud of it - it's much harder to do that kind of fitted shape, you have to have lengths and measurements exact. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Pen! I was quite pleased with the fit, especially since I didn't have those expert ladies to help me fit it this time!

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  2. That dress looks really nice on you. I have always liked making dresses. I find them relatively easy to sew (as opposed to pants, zippers, etc.) It's been years since I have had time to sit down and sew. I need to pull that sewing machine out and maybe teach the kids to sew, while I am at it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cristy! I sometimes find it hard to make time to sew, but every time I do I always enjoy it so much. I love to make skirts and now dresses as I totally agree they are relatively easy. Much easier than pants.

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  3. I love the dress - it is indeed VERY flattering and it showcases your nice shoulders/arms! I am envious of nice arms.

    Sharon

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    1. Oh, well thanks, Sharon! I never really thought of my arms as nice (though I never thought of them as not nice either), so thanks for that added compliment! I am SO happy with the dress. So, so happy.

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  4. Beautiful! I love the fabric/color/fit/pockets - just perfect. I hope I can make something that nice one of these days :)
    -Jaime

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    1. Ah, well thanks, Jamie! I am quite pleased with it. With your can-do spirit and creative eye I bet you are more than capable as well. But, boy, I understand it can seem daunting. I'm so glad I had the ladies at the sewing retreat to hold my hand through the first one. It made it waaaay easier to jump in.

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