On Friday, we had a field trip to the Minnesota Raptor Center.
But that isn't what kept me busy. It was finishing K's Easter Dress.
These dresses have been nothing but a hassle. The pattern, McCalls M6549, is not well sized. C's dress was huge. Unfortunately, being new to actually modifying garments, I then cut too much off the bodice and had to sew it back on (the swirly fabric I used for it was a small piece and I had no extra). It was a mess. I finally found the measurements chart for the pattern (I had looked and looked and couldn't find it - it was on the flap).
I thought after measuring K and selecting the correct size, things would go better. They didn't. Her dress was still too big. Sigh. I was also disappointed with my choice of coordinating fabrics on K's dress. I think instead of the water-stained blue, I should have found a hot pink because I think the skirt looks darling with her hot-pink spring jacket.
Did you see the embroidered bird on the hem of her dress? He is an enlargement from the feature fabric. I like him. I need to practice using feature fabrics though - I don't like my cutting choices on the skirt fabric either.
The dress pattern is supposed to be a halter top - but I thought the tie straps were ridiculously long. I intended to button the straps to the inside of the waist. However, my sewing machine's buttonhole maker had different plans and the holes were seriously ugly - so I decided to button on the outside and have a button on each side of the strap. I ended up hand stitching the buttonholes to reinforce them.
All the frustration and complaining aside, I love C's dress. I think K's dress would be much cuter with different coordinating fabrics.
Now you know why you haven't heard from me since the trip. I will share pictures and thoughts from my trip later this week. It was nice to be home on Easter Sunday even if it was cold and windy and the snow is ugly.
- All the fabric in her dress is from my stash
- Zipper was from stash as well
- Animal fabric is from stash
- Solid water-stained fabrics were purchased
- Zipper is from my stash
- Floss for embroidered bird is from my stash
Things I Learned
- I learned how to hand-pick a zipper to attach it - a worthwhile skill that I now love.
- I learned how to hand-stitch buttonholes - I like doing it too and will probably do it more often.