Monday, 22 June 2009

I shall go to the ball!

Not pad related, but I wanted to record my latest sewing project for posterity. My first ever dress!

Please click to enlarge, if you are inclined.

I had been searching and searching for a decent summer dress, and had tried on just about every dress on the high street. NOTHING fit. My top and bottom halves are two different sizes, so anything that fits my top half won't go over my hips, and anything that fits my hips gapes at the bust. After a day of trekking around town trying on dresses, I suddenly thought: this is stupid. I know how to sew. I will stop this madness and make my own!

The pattern is New Look 6773, and the fabric is flat cotton. I custom made it to my measurements, so it actually fits my bust AND hips! Amazing! The lining is red, the same as the front band and straps. It was supposed to have boning, but I really couldn't be bothered with that, so I left it out. The halterneck holds it up just fine.

It started out about 8 inches longer, but I shortened it quite radically. Only after I'd cut off the excess and spent three hours handsewing a blind hem did I realise that I actually preferred it longer. Oh well. I will just have to make another!


  1. Hello! I was just thinking about you and wondering how you were, so went to the site and yay, you have a blog here! I've added you to Twitter, too :)

    I'm so excited to see everything flourishing so much and you looking really happy (AWESOME dress!) I hope everything is going as well as it looks for you and my lovely Freya! Sxxx