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!






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