This dress was heaps of fun to make!
I saw the fabric on the quilting fabric clearance table for $8/m while picking out buttons for my Marion Cardigan. I resisted, then went back for it a week later. It’s not an impulse buy if you can’t get it out of your head! It’s… uh… research.I’d already muslined the bodice for my Got Your Back Dress, so I made it straight up, without fiddling with the fit at all. It was super quick – for the first time ever for me, I sewed smart. I pinned all the seams I could at once, sewed them all, then ran them through the overlocker one after the other. It was so much faster!I have no idea how it happened, given the perfect length of my first Elisalex, but the skirt was way, way too long. I took 9 1/2″ off the skirt to get it just above the knee. This was a shame really. I’d been really keen to do the short sleeves, but didn’t have enough fabric. If only I’d take the excess off at the start, I would have had plenty of room.
Oh well. I added lace to the inside hem (given to me by the lovely Hannah), which more than makes up for the lack of sleeves.The fit is actually a bit looser than I was aiming for – it’s a little big through the bust and waist. I was a bit disappointed at first, before I realised it was actually my perfect dress – light fabric, loose, breezy fit, still looking put together. So I’m actually really happy with it for summer – I’ll make a couple more this size, I think, then put some time into getting the more fitted look. The weather is warming up and I’m in dire need of summer clothes. I didn’t bother lining it, so it’s even cooler.
It was quite an enjoyable, relaxing sew. I’d had a bit of a crap day, not feeling well, so it as nice to just get home and sew through a nice easy pattern I didn’t need to adjust.
I started cutting at 5pm, sewed til 9pm then finished it off in the morning between 6 and 7am. Not bad – especially considering I only bought the fabric that afternoon, prewashed it, ironed it dry and then started cutting out.
I’m a sucker for a quick sew!
Fabric: 2m for $8/m = $16
Bias tape: stash
Lace hem: from Hannah in the Spring Sewing Swap