Tuesday, June 24, 2014

First (Day of School) Dress

 Hello!  I made it back to my blog.  And I made a dress.  What?  I sew?  I've been trying to learn to sew for a few years now.   I've been taking classes at NYFA for some time here and there.  This Monday I finally started going full time as a certificate candidate.  Back to school!

This isn't actually my first dress, but it's my first "real" dress - made of a woven, with shaping, and actually wearable. 
I have pockets.

And no back!
 I used my sloper and converted it to a princess seam bodice.  Then I converted the back to be open and to close with elastic as a slip-on.  Zippers still make me nervous. The wide, navy blue elastic exactly covers my bra strap.  The skirt is my sloper skirt in the front.  In the back I used my sloper skirt back placed 5" from the fold to accommodate my hips to get it on and off.  Then I let it gather over elastic encased in the waist band.

The fabric is a cotton I stashed abut a year ago from ebay, I think.  I still have over a yard of it left.  I lined it with a sheer brown fabric some one gave me for free. 

I like this design for a casual sun dress.  I'm going to make it again right away!  I'm going to shorten the bodice by 1" and try using wide elastic for the entire waist band. 
 Here I paired it with tan accessories.  The bag is Coach from years ago when I worked corporate office jobs.  The shoes are thrifted.

I'm a goofball.

 I also paired it with my Audrey in Unst cardigan, a pattern from Twist Collective that I knit a few years ago.  I should have taken some detail shots.  The fabric has pretty, stylized flowers on it with light blue, navy, and green.  The sweater picks up the green perfectly. 

Here are a few pictures of me dancing around the garden in my me-made outfit.  I'm so happy.  I've wanted for years to be able to make pretty dresses to match all the sweaters I knit up.  I'm finally starting to have the skills to make that happen.  Yeah!

 And here's one last shot to make you laugh. :)

Funny out-take.... my photographer shocked me by his posing suggestion.  My face!  hahahah!