Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are all ready to start the new year. I'm ready and it was a beautiful Ms. Candice from the blog "Sew my time" that prompted my very first goal of 2017. After reading her recent post I was so moved and totally understood what she meant, so much that I needed to make one of her goals one of mine for 2017!
I only have three simple goals for the year but they mean so much to me and
if when I complete each of them, I will have a fabulous 2017!! Here they are...
1. Walk in "MY" purpose! Be fearlessly fierce! Do, be, and say what I want!
2. Set attainable tasks and complete them!
3. Make the year 2017 my year for success in everything I start or started.
Now for the event dress...to start off my year of sewing is this dress, Butterick 5850.
I'm going on vacation very soon and need a very special dress for an event. I selected this pattern because it's been in my stash since it was released in 2012 when I fell in love with view B (Black one in the middle).
I originally wanted to make this dress in a beautiful emerald green stretch velour. Unfortunately, my search for this specific fabric ended up a huge fail. However, lucky for me (and very surprising too!) Joann Fabrics had this beautiful, Gold infused black stretch velour!! It was soft, stretchy and oh I needed to have this now! In my opinion, the fabric made this dress perfect!
I LOVE THIS DRESS! (I'll get photos of me in it during vacation!) However, it did not come without a couple of hiccups!
Because this dress was special, I didn't want to ruin the fabric, so I made a muslin first. (Yes me...the person who doesn't like making muslins!). It's a darn good thing I did too because there were a few things I had to change to make this pattern work for me.
1. The pattern envelope photo shows the view with cut in shoulders. That is not the case, the shoulders go straight to the shoulder line. I altered the pattern to make the shoulders more cut in away from the shoulder.
2. The tie belts were up too high for my taste(and I'm short-waisted!)...I moved them down 1".
3. The tie belts show the wrong side when tied, so I extended the width of the belt pattern to accommodate me folding them in half and sewing as a tube. If your fabric looks the same on both sides, this will not be a problem.
4. The armsync is wayyy to low on this pattern and had an unusual "v" shape. I raised it by 1-1/2" and reshaped it to a regular curve
These changes made for the perfect special event dress! What a way to start the new year with a successful project! I am so looking forward to creating more beautiful clothing!
I'd like to know what your goals are for 2017, please comment and let me know!
As always, thanks for sharing a little of your time with me! It's appreciated so much!!