I’ve been in a bit of a sewing slump lately. Feeling frustrated with my serger that just refuses to work, fabric I have on hand in quantities less than what I need to actually make anything in my size, and patterns that just aren’t working out! I have made a few versions of a vintage pattern I own and have been trying to get the fit right, using fabric I am really not in love with. To get myself out of this rut I went fabric shopping! I went to Joanns for some knit fabric because I haven’t had the best luck buying knits online and unfortunately they are the only local store that carries them. Booo!! Anyways, armed with my coupons and a free hour I made a quick run there, came home and washed the fabric and a few hours later ended up with this!
This is why I love tried and true patterns…so quick and painless. Although I love the challenge and excitement of trying new patterns, there is something so satisfying as sewing something you KNOW you are going to fit into and love. I did modify the pattern this time though so it was a bit of a gamble. The Moneta often makes me feel like I am all boob- know what I mean? The bodice is so short on it, I feel like I have boobs and then a super gathered waist right below them! I wanted to try to lengthen the bodice to avoid the look of having boobs at my waist. So, for this version I lengthened the bodice about 2 inches, and I removed a great deal of the gathers to make do with the 2 yards of this fabric I purchased. I actually really like how it turned out, and I love that I only needed 2 yards! I did fully line the bodice in the same fabric and added the pockets as well.
Not bad for under $20! Due to my serger being on the fritz I sewed this baby up using the stretch stitch on my machine- works just as well as the serger but it takes forever in comparison. Oh well, I must try to be more patient. Overall I am in love with this dress, I may even prefer the less gathered skirt although this more body skimming look may take some getting used to!
I decided to wear it to my little girl’s Kindergarten Celebration (I’ll be blogging about her dress next!). Don’t we look smashing in our homemade frocks?