My sewing output towards the end of 2011 pretty much fizzled. But I did have lots of fun doing non-sewing things: House tours! Holiday parties! Movies! Shopping! Mother-daughter bonding! Cheesy-but-fun holiday lights tours! Stand-up comedians! Uh, wait. I didn't actually "do" a stand-up comedian--but I did see Paula Poundstone (Wait, wait, don't tell me) at the Palace of Fine Arts. Oh, yeah--I also worked.
But now that it's January, I'm ready to get back to it! So, to start the year with a little sizzle, I made my daughter a new dress! She's headed back east, and needed something to throw on (Oh, this old thing?) with black tights and boots for a little late-night grad school partying. She wanted something stylish and comfortable. Going through the stash, this OOP Simplicity 3800 seemed like a possibility. I would've had time to make a muslin had I not honed my procrastination skills so well. (Nuts. Everyone needs a special talent.) Luckily, the dress fit perfectly straight from the envelope! I used a recent Joann's knit that I purchased on sale; DD loves the print. She also loves the way the dress fits--with the exception of the length. So, at her request, I chopped off seven inches! Clearly, this dress will not be worn to work!
|Who needs a pair of shoes?|
I wish I'd had gotten a photo of her with the boots and tights on (and the dress). She looked fabulous! I settled for these not-too-sharp iPhone photos, but made her promise to take photos when she wears it at the party. (And I really need to remember to charge my camera's battery!)
Except for the length, I made no alterations to the pattern. I did use the sleeve from the top pattern. All seams were serged, and the hems were done on my coverstitch.
A fun pattern--I think I'll make another one for her!
Happy sewing! ~ Peggy