As you all know, I was troubled by the fact that I couldn't really decipher the patterns. I am less than a novice at sewing...I know that people do it, but that is really the extent of my knowledge...well, in all honesty, I have made a few wrap dresses, but come on...this is way beyond that for me!
After cutting the pieces, I made darts...my second attempt at darts, I think, but the first time has been pushed from my memory for the most part, so it could not have been a pleasant experience. This time, I think I did okay.
I was able to successfully pin and sew the basic pieces with virtually no trouble...from me OR the machine!
Of course, it would not be the usual sewing experience without some protest from said machine. I couldn't even tell you what happened here...?
The dress I made is sleeveless (I don't even want to think about making sleeves right now!). I thought that would make it easier but I had some trouble and I got some bunching around one of the armpits. Miracle of miracles, the other one went off without a hitch.
Some how, after sewing it in, tearing it out, and sewing it in again, I still managed to come up with a crooked zipper and extra fabric to bunch up at the bottom! Damn!
The neckline...I decided to go square, which I like, but clearly my sewing skills are in need of some serious practicing!!
This is the top of the zipper where things still don't quite match up...even after two tries!
The bunching and all it's glory!
Finished! Front view...
and the back view.
And the most annoying part of this dress: I worked so hard at the zipper; and, after trying the dress on mid-sewing I wasn't sure it was big enough. However, the finished dress slips over my head without the use of the zipper!! Good news: I will likely take the zipper out and simply sew the back all the way up. Problem solved!
Not bad for an old sheet!