Wednesday, 23 January 2013

First Post for 2013! A Finished Project on a Sunburnt Body.

Wow I have been slack! Has been over one month since my last post.
I had a great Christmas and New Years, I hope you all did too!

I had two weeks annual leave from work and enjoyed it very much. It's summer in Melbourne Australia, which meant I spent many days at the beach working on my tan, laying by the pool, drinking on rooftop bars, brunching and having BBQs. Pics on my Instagram ;)

I didn't want to spend my time off work eating pasta and re-watching Desperate Housewives again, like last year, so I made a promise to make at least one dress.

My lovely friend from my sewing class let me borrow the saucy Butterick 5209. She recently made View B with the cap sleeves in a beautiful satin.

I chose to make View A because:
a) I like the backless look
b) I ceebs with sleeves, I figure I'd get the dress finished quicker if it was sleeveless/backless. Lazy ass.

I didn't go fabric shopping, instead I dipped into my Vietnam fabric stash that dad got me and pulled this gorgeous cotton out. Trusty old cotton.


Unfortunately there was not enough fabric for me to make the skirt as per pattern and not enough for me to make a full gathered skirt, so I had to made a narrower gathered skirt.

The bodice self lined, a feature which I love, with a side zipper which I omitted and went with a handpicked dress zipper at the back instead.

It's been so long since I made the dress (made it around 22nd/23rd Dec??), I can't remember the important details... I know it only took one day to put the bodice together, another hour to add the skirt.


Most of the hours spent on this dress was to make alterations to the halter straps, adding a waist stay, handpicking the zip, and handsewing the hem.


I also mustered up the courage to un-thread my overlocker/serger and re-thread the whole thing from scratch! I "broke" it in November and left it sitting in my Horn, waiting for the threading fairies to come fix it.

I cut a size 6 bust, size 8 waist - the usual size for me. Fit okay - the bust was too big (5cm bust ease in a halter dress, really??) and the waist was too low for my liking - it made my hips poof out at the wrong place.

To fix the issue with the waist, I unpicked the halter strap and added long straps to it so that I can tie it up myself. By doing that, I lost the gorgeous 'v' at the back of the strap, but it was the only way to make it wearable. If I simply shortened the halter then I won't be able to get my head through the hole, lol.

When wearing the dress today to take dodgy selfies using my iphone (haven't got my camera right now) I think I might have lost some weight in my bust because the bodice is even looser. I had to 'twist' the straps to make the cups smaller and more snug.


Apologies for the photos, so so dodgy! And yes, my back is terribly sunburnt - I spent 4 hours at the beach on Saturday afternoon and didn't apply sunscreen properly. Dodo. Only left the beach because my 4 hour parking was up.


Despite multiple fitting issues with this dress, I quite like it. It's a dress I imagine I will throw over my bikinis when I hit the beach. It's not perfect, but good enough for a wearable muslin.

Best part of all, I only had to spend about $5 to buy a zipper and grosgrain ribbon.

What are your thoughts on the dress? Do you think I should attempt it again?

I'm slowly getting back into sewing and blogging. Am going to make my sister a full circle skirt this weekend and have also started another blog called "#nom #foodstuffs" - a blog where I can upload my food photos. No reviews, just photos. I only blog about cafes and restaurants that tweet!!

Check it out :) www.nomfoodstuffs.blogspot.com (soon to be .com).

So ladies, have you been able to slide right back into sewing after the holidays? Or were you sewing up a storm the whole time? I start sewing class again next Tuesday! Yikes! Pants!






28 comments:

  1. Yes, you should make another - it's so pretty! Bummer about the bust fitting issues - eat pasta like you did last summer and maybe you'll fill out! And owie - that sunburn looks painful!!

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    1. Hahaha thanks for the advice babe!! I wish all the pasta would go to my boobs!!! Unfortunately it all goes to my belly!!!! Gahhhh!!!!!!!

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  2. I would make it again, but raise the waist and sew a different skirt (maybe something without gathers, like an A-line skirt, or even a straight skirt).

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    1. I definitely need to shorten the bodice. A straight skirt with this sounds HOT!

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  3. Adorable as always.. I was sewing up a storm:) gotta upload all the dresses I made soon :/ hmm lazzzyy
    summer is aus is the besttt right!
    I missed ur posts lady:) X

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    1. Ooooh you better get blogging girl! I need some reading material/sewing porn!

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  4. It's really cute, and you should definitely work out the fitting kinks and make another!

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    1. I need to learn how to do a SBA and shorten the bodice. I'd love to make another one, I like this halter style :)

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  5. This is simply gorgeous and I love the twisted straps look! Your hairstyle is adorable too!

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    1. Hehehe thanks Marie :) It's my messy side plait for dirty hair days :P

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  6. Yes, definitely make another; you can see all the unfulfilled potential in this, and it already looks great!

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    1. Thanks hun! Yeah I'll stick it out, take my time and make alterations till it's perfect. Definitely does have potential!

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  7. I love this on you! So cute! Make more, stat!

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  8. This is a fabulous summer sundress! I think it deserves a beach outing!

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    1. I can't wait to wear it!! Might take it out next weekend to a market or to brunch if the weather is nice!! It's too cute to stay home hehe. I need bigger boobs!

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  9. I love it looks so pretty but you look gorgeous in everything! Love the fabric and awesome you got it to work with the material even if it wasn't the full skirt. Still looks pretty!! Good luck with your pants!

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    1. I'm not as excited about the pants cos I don't really wear pants and am falling more and more in love with beautiful feminine dresses! Gah. This year I might attempt a jacket or something to mix things up.Hope you are holding up ok up in Brissy!!!!! xxx

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  10. Welcome back to blogging! I've been slack on my blog too. But ooh, I finally finished my vogue 8469 so I'm just like you, lol! Haha.
    Your dress is so cute. I'm a huge sucker for florals... great job making the fit work!
    I just put in my first waist stay and it took forever lol. (I did it by hand- you do yours by machine right?) :)

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    1. Oh hun i cannot wait to see your finished 8469! I do my waist stays by machine, Tasia has a great tutorial!!

      http://sewaholic.net/sewing-a-waist-stay-in-a-full-skirted-dress/

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  11. Nice dress for a summer! You need to make another try!%)

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  12. Oh yay, a food blog! :D

    I love the dress! I think if I owned the one you're wearing, I'd be wanting to take it out every week haha.

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