I made a dress for myself.
I don't do it often enough.
I make darling dresses for my daughters
and other little girls.
But I wear ratty jeans and tshirts most of the time.
There really is no good excuse for it.
I have plenty of fabric and loads of patterns.
I know how to alter and fit clothing.
I just don't like to sew for myself,
especially in the size I am now.
I always think I will wait until I lose weight.
But then I don't do it and still wear
the ratty jeans and tshirts.
And my wardrobe was getting to be ridiculous!
I pulled out McCall's 6503
and chose view A.
I pulled out some gorgeous fabric that I have been
hoarding for just the perfect dress.
This is "Anthropology 2005" by Dan River.
Yes, I have had it awhile.
I have most of the bolt left....
Actually, this was kind of my "muslin"
because I had never made this pattern before.
But it turned out so well!
I was nervous about the sizing,
so instead of just cutting out my regular dress size,
I cut the sizes according to the measurements.
It was HUGE!!!!
I should have just cut it a size 16,
which is my normal size.
So I fussed with it,
and cut it down,
and resewed it,
and tried it on
over and over until it fit perfectly.
Next time I make this pattern,
and there WILL be a next time,
I will just cut the 16 from the beginning.
Please excuse the dorky look on my face.
Don was taking the photos and he was being goofy.
when I take photos of my girls in their outfits,
I fuss over the collars and sleeves so they lay correctly.
He didn't get that part of the deal......
But I LOVE this dress.
I love the collar and the surplice neckline
and the little ruffle.
However, I didn't love how "gapey" the front got
when I bent over or slouched.
So, I added a super cute vintage button and buttonhole
right under the collar.
Don couldn't understand why I asked him to
take a photo of the back.
But I reminded him that my blog was mostly read by
sewists who would like to see how the back looked.
There is a side zipper in this dress
so the back is very smooth and nice.
The ruffle is a little scrunched on the
back of the neck because I had been wearing
my jean jacket that morning at church.
I love this dress so much!
I will definitely make this pattern again,
maybe next time in a denim or linen.
I plan on wearing this,
with my cowboy boots,
when the HRH takes me to the
Brad Paisley concert on Thursday!
We bought the tickets in March,
and I am so glad we did!
Don (my Hot Rockin' Hubby) was laid off
from his job last week,
so this concert is a huge treat coming
at a hard time.
And I am so glad I made a new dress to wear
with my hubby.
We would so appreciate prayer
as Don looks for a new job.
Thankfully, he still has his part-time church job.