I finished the First Communion dress ! Actually it wasn’t totally finished but it was 5:30 PM on Saturday afternoon and the dress was supposed to have been delivered by 6 PM to the Reagan Presidential Library where the gala was being held a half hour’s drive away. Yikes! I still needed to get ready, too. I threw on a leopard skirt and black jacket and was out the door with hubby, dress form in tow for the display .
I hadn’t had a chance to add the sash yet, so it wasn’t quite finished in my eyes. Plus, If I had had more time I would have made a few more changes. But it would have to do.
A classic case of my not giving myself enough time for a project, stressing myself out, and feeling like a contestant on Project Runway. Do I see a pattern here?
The pattern called for soft pleats, and I just didn’t have time to get them right. My pleats were a mess, all crooked and sad looking, so I ripped out the skirt and made gathers instead. I wish I had had time to fix the pleats! They were a lot harder to make than I thought they would be…. it had been awhile since I sewed at this level. Modern patterns just don’t have the fraction of the details of the vintage ones.
That’s why I love vintage. I love a challenge!
So I just gathered the skirt. On top of that, the skirt was supposed to be cut in three panels . Well, having visual spatial problems: I have trouble seeing things in my mind if I don’t draw them out first, I figured since my fabric was much wider than the 36 inch fabric recommended on the 1958 pattern, I would just cut two wider pieces, RIGHT? WRONG. I failed to see the genius behind the pattern’s instructions and cut the two pieces of skirt instead of three. Well, of course that would cause the skirt to have a big fat seam going right down the MIDDLE of the skirt wouldn’t it? And I didn’t have time to remove it and fix it. I was so mad at myself!
( DOES THIS SEEM TO BE ANOTHER SYMPTOM OF MY INFLATED SEWING CONFIDENCE?) YES. Sewing is such a humbling experience sometimes.
OK there is that seam in the middle. The person who bought the dress seemed to be quite happy with it anyway. If I hear from them about this seam , I will be more than happy to fix it! But alas, the buyer was someone who I didn’t know….
On a more positive note, I love, love, love the collar, tucks and pleats! I am now a tuck convert and look forward to creating a tutorial on how to create these cute little tucks. Oh and silk taffeta is just such a pleasure to work with. I can’t wait to sew with it again someday. The lace trim I had in my stash. I had bought a huge amount of it at the FIDM scholarship store for six dollars and never had a use for it until now. A case where my hoarding came in handy.
Do you see that weird collar? I noticed it was somehow strange when I put it on my dress form at 5 PM. I whipped it off took apart the collar and had it fixed in half an hour. Thank goodness, because there was no way I was going to sell the dress with that misaligned collar! I won’t even get started on my buttonholes. Suffice to say, I desperately need a new sewing machine that makes beautiful buttonholes. Mine just doesn’t cut the mustard. I tried hand working them but they just got worse. I need a new machine. Any suggestions?