|back and side view on the red mamma|
|It's always interesting to see how different the clothes look on a dress form vs on a real person.|
|I used McCall's 6072, size 14|
Also, I didn't have enough fabric to plan out the way the stripes meet at the back bodice/skirt. That makes me a little sad.
This would make a really great maternity dress. But I promise, I'm not pregnant. I made a casing all the way around the "waist" using the seam allowance where the bodice meets the skirt, and I threaded a length of 1/4 inch elastic through to try and suck in that waist so it reduces the pregnancy vibe. I should take a picture of the inside, but I am currently suffering from I-don't-want-to-take-any-more-pictures-itis.
There are a lot of things I like about this dress. It's super comfortable. I wore it today and I don't think I had to suck in my stomach even once! It may be a little warm in the summer, but there are three other seasons of the year it ought to work for.
I also love how well the stripes match up on the sides. Check out the pic below. I used some iron-on 3/8" wide fusible stuff that I bought at my local Bernina store. The label is in Japanese so I have no idea what it's called. I tried to pin first before sewing up the seams, but the fabric just kept shifting and the stripes would be off kilter. So everywhere two horizontal stripes meet up, I ended up ironing this fusible stuff on first and carefully fusing the fabric pieces together before sewing it. It took a long time, but it was worth it. I would have been very bugged to be walking around with stripes that don't meet up on the side seams.
So that's it. It turns out that I have a tough time finishing clothes. I tend to start lots and lots of stuff but then I can't commit to something or another about what I'm working on so I put it on the back-burner. I don't think this is an uncommon problem for home sewers. Every year I decide this is gonna be the year to finish all my crap. Maybe this will actually be the year? Maybe if my kids would stop busting out the knees of their pants, I wouldn't spend so much time mending and putting on patches. I swear this week I mended ten pair of pants. Two were mine. But I tend to bust out the waistbands instead of the knees. Ha! Now on to start the next project I may or may not ever finish. Happy sewing!