I had planned for at least a couple months to make a dress for a friend’s upcoming wedding. Of course I waited until the day before to start cutting pieces and then put off actually sewing the dress until the day of the wedding. Good thing it was a late afternoon wedding! And yes, it was me who was hemming the dress as my family was walking out the door to go.
I had picked out my favorite print from Julia Rothman’s Miscellany collection for Cloud 9 a long time ago to someday make into a dress or top. I had also bought the Kat Dress Pattern from Grainline a long time ago just for kicks. Sensing a theme? I knew this would probably be one of my only opportunities to make a fancy dress for myself. Boning? Check! Never tried it before, sounded intimidating, but it was so fun – no sweat!
I did make a couple muslins of the top, I was pretty worried about getting the fit right, but it’s great. I also knew I’d never feel totally comfortable with a strapless dress, so I added some thin straps as I was sewing, and just ended up tying them behind my neck.
And, in my typical fashion, I somehow took a wrong turn and ended up with a finished dress but with a couple exposed seams on the inside. I didn’t care though, but if I make the dress again I have to figure out where I went wrong. The dress was still super comfy to wear.
I also made a tie for my husband. It was kind of fun, nothing too difficult, lots of hand sewing. He liked it, wore it, even spilled on it. Good thing it’s cotton.
Pattern: Kat Dress by Grainline
Size: 8, some bust adjustments, added straps, skipped the colorblocking
Fabric: Candy Trees by Julia Rothman for Cloud 9 Fabrics
Tie: Purl Bee Father’s Day Tie Tutorial