It Has Begun
After several months of pondering and planning, I’ve finally started working on my birthday dress. I’m using Vogue 1353, which I’ve decided to leave sleeveless, and this Italian cotton I brought home from my trip to the Garment District. This photo is a little better than the original one, but the print still looks much splotchier here than it does in person. It’s also not nearly so wrinkly–I had just pulled it out of the dryer.
I didn’t make muslins for my garments in the past, but I’m really trying to improve the fit of my projects now. I made two muslins of the bodice for this dress, and I’m really glad that I did. Out of the envelope, the bust dart was pointing much too high, and I needed to add 2″ to the length in order to hit my natural waist.
I spent the better part of Sunday cutting and marking the pieces. This has to be my least favorite part of the clothing construction process, and I’m pretty slow at it. There are so many pleats in this design that I had a lot to mark–luckily, I had Buffy and Angel to keep me company.
The bodice and skirt are now assembled, so tonight’s project will be attaching them at the waist and installing the invisible zipper. I hope this zip does turn out to be invisible. With fabric like this and the limited selection of my local store, it was difficult to find a color that worked. I ended up with a gray zipper (which matches my lining) and I cut out the dress so that the center back will fall mostly in the purple and green parts of the print.
Unfortunately, tonight will be my last night working on the dress this week. I’m taking the bus over to Sweetie’s, so I can’t bring my sewing supplies with me. Here’s hoping the rest of the construction goes as smoothly as it has been so far–I want to wear this dress on my birthday next Thursday!