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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Stalemate over - M5975

Well my sewing stalemate is over. I started right in on a garment that I've needed for ever...a black dress. I'm not totally satisfied with it. Could be that I did everything wrong. First my fabric probably didn't have enough stretch to totally get the desired look. The pattern is described as close-fitting but I had no desire to look like a stuffed sausage. I decided to make sure I had enough room by cutting a size 16 in the neck and front armhole with a 24 for the remainder. I also went into overkill when I added additional 1" side seams. Let's just say my stupidity even amazes me sometimes! I wound up taking about 2 1/2" side seams which almost negated my bust darts including the vertical ones I added. The armholes are way uncomfortable (small) and installing a center back seam zipper as the pattern instructs was simply asinine! I should have added one inch to the hem when I added 1 1/2" to the bodice front and back. Going to have to put a very small hem in. I'm going to omit the facings as I hate them on knits. The good part is that I don't think it looks too bad especially since I bought this "pebble polyester double knit" fabric at a yard sale this past summer for $1 for 2 1/2 yards. I didn't feel like putting on makeup and barely combed my hair. I'll post more pictures when I get all dolled-up. Static cling wasn't helping and I should have had on a body shaper! The question is...how much more work should I put into a $1 dress??









8 comments:

  1. Wow! That is one great dress for $1.00!!!

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  2. The fit looks good and it is a great basic. Nice work for a buck!!

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  3. Ditto to above comments. Great dress for $1.00. At first glance at your face, I was alarmed! You have such a pretty face. It's probably lovely without make-up, but I won't show mine either when it's bare.

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  4. It looks great, as long as you feel comfortable wearing it that's all that matters.

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  5. Sometimes, we are our own worst critics. You look great in that dress and all for $1.00! I have this pattern and have to admit I haven't made it yet because the "close fitting" scares me.

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  6. You look great! As for the dress the fit is awesome

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  7. That dress looks fabulous on you. Great style and wonderful fit. For $1.00 it's amazing!

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