2013 Sewing Plan: Project 7
Fabric: Black gaberdine $7, lining $4 both from Fashion Fabrics Club
Pattern: Sultry Sheath from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing
Notions: Zip $.50
Time to complete: 8 hours of class, plus 5 hours to finish
First worn: To a work event last week.
Wear again? Oh yeah!
Total price: ~$11.50
Oops, it’s been a while. I began this dress almost a month ago and only finished last week. I’ve been doing some house sewing and Halloween sewing. Also, I got new glasses.
Anyway, in the essence of Selfish Sewing Week, or National Sewing Month I decided to take my first sewing class! The American Sewing Expo offers tons of classes and I decided to take Gertie’s class on retro dress making.
There was a lot of focus on getting the right fit, which was awesome because I’m such a noob at fitting (and sewing. I was the noobiest there by far, but everyone said they liked my dress a lot.) I didn’t have any major fitting issues, but it was great to see what other people had to do.
We also looked at construction methods like installing boning, gussets and horsehair braid.
And then Gertie tied my bow-tie blouse for me!
Anyway, back to the dress I made. I had to widen the arm scythe, sculpt the front bodice darts, take in the side seams of the skirt, and pinch out a tiny bit in the back by my shoulder blades.
I do have the hook and eye in at the top of the zipper but I didn’t latch it for the pictures. It was too cold outside!