I did it! I finally completed a sewing project I can wear! For those that don’t have any interest in sewing, it probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. For those who know how to sew, think back to the first real piece of clothing you made. What a thrill to put it on after all that work! I was so dorky when I finished that I had to text my husband at a hockey game and two friends even though it was a Friday night. No comment on my social life, please.
I found this pattern through blog posts and when it was suggested as an easy pattern by a local sewing shop, I decided to give it a try. I start a sewing class next week at the same shop and the pattern we are making is definitely ambitious for me. I wanted to make sure I had at least one piece of clothing under my belt before starting. As it is, I will probably be the most inexperienced student there.
I’m wearing it right now and am super comfy. Still, I have mixed feelings about it. I purposely used inexpensive quilting cotton in case it didn’t work out. Cute print but not the softest fabric and it bunches up on denim or leggings.
The whole thing is too big but the skirt portion is HUGE. I feel like I’m wearing a muumuu. I read reviews that mentioned the size but since this is the first thing I’ve made, I didn’t think I was in any position to alter a pattern. I planned to wear with skinny jeans but that’s not gonna happen. Even that looks too sloppy. Maybe if I was stick thin. Then again, the website says it can be a dress so I shouldn’t have been surprised.
I really like the bodice and the idea of the tunic. If I make it again, I’ll have to figure out a way to make the everything smaller. I can’t cut a smaller size because the shoulders fit perfectly. Maybe eliminate the pleats in the front and back and cut the fabric down by that amount?
The back pleat, especially, isn’t doing me any favors. Yikes.
As a side note, the post made it apparent that I need a tripod! Without someone around to take pictures, I had to resort to some odd positions and hope the focus was ok. Oops.
I was surprised at how easily it went together. I traced the pattern since I wasn’t sure of my size and didn’t want to cut into the pattern in case I needed it bigger. Guess I didn’t need to worry about that! This pattern was very well written with lots of hand-holding (which I needed). I got to try out techniques I’m sure to use over and over. I learned how to:
- trace a pattern
- use my 3 step zig-zag stitch to finish the edges
- set in a sleeve (yay!)
- gathers (part of the sleeve instructions)
I can’t wait to make something else!