My first dress!

I know it’s been forever since I last posted and I am so so sorry! I need to get into the habit of blogging right away when I finish making something because that’s what I really want this blog to be for: a way for me to keep track of my sewing progress. Can’t do that if I never post anything! Anyway, I decided to try my hand at making Kitschy Coo’s Lady Skater dress  (http://kitschycoo.bigcartel.com/product/the-lady-skater-sewing-pattern-for-teens-and-women) as my first dress ever. I don’t know how bright of an idea that was, because the dress requires knit fabric and I’m very much a newbie. It was frustrating and challenging to try to handle that much stretchy fabric while I had no idea what I was doing and was really just blindly following the pattern. I REALLY should’ve made a muslin of it first because then I would’ve realized that the bodice and arms were too big. I’m not sure if it’s because I took my measurements wrong or maybe am just shaped differently but the top was way too loose in the armpit area.

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I ended up going full derp and just sewing up a little triangle and calling it a day >.> I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT’S NOT HOW PROS DO IT. But I’m new so we’re just going to shhhhh, ok?

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I don’t think that the effect ended up being too-too bad… but what do I know? Let me know what you think. OH! And I’m not sure if you can tell but the shoulders are wayyyy too wide for me, I am constantly adjusting it whenever I wear it so it doesn’t do some sort of off-shoulder thing. My aunt tells me I can fix that with some clear elastic along the neckline but I don’t know how to get my hands on any clear elastic.

Speaking of clear elastic, the inside waistband is supposed to have clear elastic but the lady at Golden D’or said they didn’t sell any so I made do with what they had.

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Also, my stitching was terrible >.> I don’t have a serger so I just used a zigzag stitch and (in my humble opinion) the dress looks really kickass on the outside (!!) but just awful on the inside. But it’s ok because no one will ever see the inside, paha!

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How the dress looks! Please ignore my dirty mirror and messy room. I promise that it’s clean right now 🙂 Just not in the picture. I really need to get a better camera… Oh well.

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4 thoughts on “My first dress!

  1. That doesn’t look too bad! I think the shoulders are too wide because you made a too large size. From your pictures I am guessing that you’re not a B or C cup so I think you would need to do a full bust adjustment to make sure that your shoulders fit correctly as well as your bust. Most patterns are made for B or C busts and if you’re larger you will unfortunately have to adjust for that. Right now you do seem to have enough room for your bust, but because you made a size that is too large for your shoulders the dress ended up much too loose there. MariaDenmark has written a tutorial on how to do a FBA on knits and I think you might find that useful for future knit projects: http://blog.mariadenmark.com/?p=1046

    • Thanks so much for the link!! I do have quite a large bust >.> and so any help I can get with getting a right fit is really appreciated. One of the reasons I decided to start sewing was so that I could fit my clothes to my body because it’s so hard to get the fit right in store-bought clothes.

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