I got you!
And the you in question is my second self-sewn dress.
Here she is!
A tad windswept; it's been a cardi on/cardi off sort of day.
Partly the undecided weather, partly my decidedly dodgy personal thermostat.
But let's focus on the frock.
I adore the fabric (a 1950-60s barkcloth curtain from a charity shop), the colours and print make me very happy.
A reminder of the 1960s pattern;
I liked the idea of the sleeve already being built in, and it certainly made life easier (I'm a little scared of sleeves.)
I will have to tackle a proper set-in sleeve though, because I prefer the look of them.
Overall, I am pleased. The zip is neat and invisible, I used bias binding to hem the sleeves and skirt, and it fits!
What did I learn?
Don't be a slack arse and omit the stay stitching; the neck stretched, and I am really cross with myself for cutting a corner, when it was only a 2 minute job.
I am getting the impression that I am an inbetween size; a vintage 16 to fit my hips, but I have had to take in both bodices on my homemade dresses for a sleeker line, so perhaps I am a 14 on the top half.
I might have taken this one in too far, which is perhaps responsible for that little bit of puckering at the bust.
Advice, experienced seamstresses?
Anyway, I'm nit-picking. And it's interesting to me that I am noticing the flaws, and wanting to improve sufficiently so that they don't happen again. This is not like me. I usually take a fuck it, that'll do approach to most things.
What can be happening to me? Motivated toward self-improvement?
Greens, blues and pinks proliferate in my garden.
Oh, the Sputnik-y joy of unfolding alliums.
Sputnik-y is definitely a word.
It's gorgeous out there.
Dress - made it myself
Cardigan, Fly sandals and bangles - charity shopped
Peacock pendant - vintage market
1980s sunglasses - vintage shop
I wore this dress for the first time last week, and felt that little rush of pride when people complimented me on it.
It's a good feeling, and I'll share it over at Jane's Shiny T Tuesday
Hold onto your hats, I might be making some flares!