Fabric for my new dress: blueberry crush!

01 Blueberry crush fabric

This fabric combo is HOT!  I mean, bright blue with a hot pink accent?  What’s not to love???  : )  Apparently I’ve decided that Butterick 5602 version 2 will be a hot-mama type of dress… and really, one can never have too many dresses like that.  I’ve decided to call this dress “blueberry crush,” and hopefully the final product will live up to the hot-hot-hot expectations.  Oh baby!

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Making progress, slowly but surely

01 Black and white dress - in progressThe black and white dress is moving along, slowly but surely!  I’m starting to realize that garment construction, at least for a beginner, is a very slooooow process.  However, despite the glacier-like pace of this project, I’ve been really enjoying both the sewing and the uphill climb of the learning curve.  I like to take on projects that will challenge me a bit, and this is all very new and challenging at this point.  : )  Above you can see the current state of the dress, with the print and lining sandwiched together.  I’m happy with the look of it so far, but I have a long way to go, including the black neckband and fixing some mistakes.

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Choosing a dress based on fit

Butterick B5676 line artTime to choose a new project!  While my red polka dot dress is waiting for its fitting session (for which I’ve successfully recruited a friend!), I’ve been thinking about what to tackle next… taking into account a few lessons learned from my first dress.  While I love the look of the red polka dot dress (Butterick B5676, line drawing shown above), I’ve learned through actually making it that it incorporates very little fitting, hence the need for a friend to pinch in all the excess for me.  Now I can see the lack of darts in the line drawing – hindsight is 20/20, right?  There is a slight curve in at the waist, but a well-fitted dress really needs shaping in the front and back, not just along the sides.  Also, bust darts are a must.  Even for small boobs like mine!  So, with these newly-acquired bits of knowledge in mind, I’ve come up with a handful of prospects.

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Darts for perfectionists

Long time, no post!  Funny how life gets in the way of things.  Between now and my last post (eeek, March!), I passed my Qualifying Exam in school (hooray!), did a bunch of traveling (for work and otherwise), and… I bought a sewing machine!!!  And not just any sewing machine, oh no.  I got a Bernina.  Ohhhhhh Bernina, how do I love thee?  It’s an Activa 210, the basic model but quite the robust piece of machinery.  I am in love with it.  You know how I fall in love with my crafts, ahem.  : )

Anyway, I started working on a red polka dot dress right after my exam.  At this point it’s all put together, and I’m currently working on fitting and finishing.  Today’s post: DARTS!  My first-ever darts on my first-ever dress.  How exciting!  Disclaimer: I have no idea how to sew darts.  Really.  So, in lieu of actually looking up how to do it properly, I figured out a way that works for me and my perfectionist tendencies.  Enjoy!

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