Embarrassingly, at the beginning of summer, I decided to work my way through Tilly's Love at First Stitch. I say embarrassingly because it is going embarrassingly slow. The Delphine skirt in no longer a WIP as I finished it this week (just need some decent blog photos to share). And late Sunday evening I finished a Megan dress (that fits -- see below) for my first thermodynamics lecture on Monday afternoon. Woo-who for late night sewing and reviewing lecture notes!
The Megan Dress
2.25 yards of Polka Dot Cotton Blend
22" Ecru colored invisible zipper
Pellon Cotton Interfacing
Coats and Clark Ecru colored thread
This is actually my second Megan dress. I set out to make Megan in July for MAGAM. I made my first dress in a beautiful blue and white patterned cotton. It was so gorgeous with a perfectly inserted invisible zip. I was so pleased with myself....until I tried it on. The bodice was too tight (I don't get to say that very often as I am not blessed with a chest). The bodice pulled at the sleeves with bits of wrinkly fabric in places where it should not exist. The skirt was okay but there was little ease and I don't think this dress was intended to be a wiggle dress.
Round two's solution was to move up a size in the bodice and skirt. Ack! That meant retracing! Tracing and cutting a pattern are my least favorite parts of sewing (It is really my impatience since at that point I just want to be sitting at my sewing machine). On the other hand, sewing anything double cuts time off the process. No guesswork or scratching of the head, just sewing; the kind of sewing you relish and can enjoy each step because of confidence. And I am quite chuffed with the second Megan.
Those little puffs on the sleeve cap are so stinkin' cute. And I like the fabric. As I was sewing, I was struck with a vision that the final dress could veer into the large polka-dot napkin area! But as I went along, I realized the size of the polka dots makes the dress contemporary without being silly.
Forgive the wrinkles. I just have to declare that I beat the invisible zip on the first try. I won! ...well, at least this time round. I didn't do too shabby at pattern matching the skirt, even if I was not trying.
If I made the Megan dress again, I would probably lower the neckline and add 3/4 sleeves. Oh, and pockets. Always pockets. Wondering about the first iteration?? The smaller Megan dress was sent to my niece for her dress-up collection. I know she likes it.
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