last post and I won't do that again in this one! I think I've forgiven the fabric a little! This dress was made for my three year old from Vogue 9042. The pattern came together pretty smoothly save for the zipper insertion at the bottom and the pleat included there. I had some trouble understanding exactly how they wanted the zipper included in that pleat so I went my own way. Also I used an invisible zipper and the pattern did not call for one- why I can't imagine.
Ok well there you have it, its a sweet little dress if you are in the market for a pattern like this one and it sews up fine apart from the confusing bit at the bottom of the zipper!
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Insert an invisible zipper when using velveteen, I used a regular zipper at first and it looked terrible so that was ripped out and replaced. Funny enough the Vogue pattern I used to sew my 3 year old's velveteen dress didn't call for an invisible zipper either and it was drafted with velvet in mind- go figure. But believe me when I say a normal zipper will not look good.
Accept that it will not be perfect, I can get a little crazy about wanting accurate, even seam allowances and absolutely no puckers anywhere but I found it ok to have some spots that were less than perfect by meditating on something a seamstress once told me. As I was contemplating fabric choices and the various as-sundry little details of a project for one of my daughters, in talking it over with a sewist at the fabric store she said to me "well I always gave people this advice when I worked at a sewing store that taught classes on smocking children's dresses- can you tell the difference on a galloping horse?" She went on to explain that putting a garment on a child is like putting something on a galloping horse and you probably aren't going to be able to tell the difference in whatever discrepancy your worrying about when its riding past you on a galloping horse. That piece of advice helped me just move on when a seam puckered a bit or a seam allowance didn't look perfectly even. Good advice. Sage sewing advice. Advice for a Momma to live by!
A few parting details about this dress, my daughter is 7 years old and tall, so I sewed a size 7 dress with size 8 length added. Its Simplicity 1174. The pattern is great and I highly recommend it. I fully lined the dress but lining pieces aren't included in the pattern. The bottom portion of the dress is satin from Hancocks fabrics. The velveteen was from a local quilt shop. This dress would be a breeze to sew in a nice well behaved cotton. If you've read this far, thank you for indulging me in my velveteen rant! Its a beautiful fabric, no doubt, and it will definitely push you out of your sewing comfort zone!
I hope to post my two very late Christmas dresses made for my daughters soon! I am finishing up the second dress now, they both include velveteen and I believe I have reached velveteen saturation and never want to see velveteen again for at least a year! Ha ha! Now to see what I can bribe my girls with to get them to pose for pictures!!!!