August 8, 2011

A Bit More Sewing

Do y'all remember this dress, and how I said it was a bit tight?

Well, Friday I decided to fix it. That meant a LOT of resewing and a LOT of seam ripping. I'm not sure how I found the time, but nap time and a Harry Potter movie for me while sewing were involved.

I start by taking off the sleeves and pulling out the shoulder seams. Then I flipped it inside out and re-seamed the panels that weren't trimmed with a smaller seam allowance (1/4" rather than 1/2" I believe). I did the same to the lining. Then I ripped out the previous seams of both the dress and lining.

After all that ripping I re-sewed up the lining/dress arm hole a little bigger so it wasn't so tight, re-sewed the shoulder seams a little looser, and reattached the sleeves. Phew! Then a little ironing, the hemming at the edge, and the final ironing and ....

Tada! (Sorry for the weird look on my face. I don't like having my picture taken, even when I'm the one taking it!)

It's a good deal looser and much more comfortable now. I don't feel like my arms are trying to be severed and I can breathe! I feel terribly girly in it.

The only problem I had was the sleeves kept slipping off my shoulders, so I fixed that by attaching some ribbon across the back and tied them together. Now it's perfect! (Well, I still need to put the hook & eye in at the top of the zipper.)

I'm so glad I got it fixed and it wasn't a waste of material or time. The best part is it's loose enough around the belly that I can wear it for awhile still with the baby bump to come. And next time... I'll make sure I pay attention to all of my measurements and not just make the pattern based off one part of my body.

Happy Monday,


Rachel said...

Dude! You be lookin' fine!
That's an amazing dress and SO cute!

P.S. I'm diggin' the sexy VS model hair.

Farm Girl said...

very cute Megan, It really looks like a 50s kind of dress, very girly.
So glad you fixed it. Really I think you look like a model and no one would ever guess you were preggers with her fourth. :)

Mom said...

Gorgeous - you and the dress. Well done on the quality of the sewing, you did a great job!

Kessie said...

Wow, that looks so cute! I'm a sucker for dresses like that, and you can't hardly find them in stores. I'm glad it'll still work when the belly bump starts showing. Dresses are forgiving that way. :-)

Allison said...

You are so cute! And to think you have three young boys and another on the way... I never would have guessed. That dress is so windy and lovely!

I had to hem some curtains the other day, and I kept remembering why I don't sew much.... how do you stay calm amid all the tiny measurements and exactitude? :) Knitting is so much less precise, and forgiving!

Yay for this wonderful summer dress!

TessaDiane said...

That looks great. And good job matching up all the lines!

Meg said...

Thank you! When I was buying the fabric the man cutting it out said he would give me extra so I could match the pattern and I thought "Oh! Yeah, I would probably want to do that!" :)

no spring chicken said...

You LOOK very girlie in it. I LOVE it!! And I'm so proud of you going to all of that trouble to save the dress... These skills are going to come in handy if the depression that is predicted comes. I've studied much on the 1930s depression and home skills were imperative. It was the difference between your children coming to school LOOKING like they were wearing a flour sack or LOOKING like they were in stylish clothing. Don't be so shy of the camera you cute thing you!

Blessings, Debbie

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Oh Meg, you are so pretty. You also did a great job on the dress. I hope you take lots of pictures of the baby bump. I bet the boys are going to love the new baby.

Dawn said...

That is adorable...and YOU are too! How young are you dear friend??????

I love it. It's a keeper for sure:)

Lynn said...

Adorable! You look so cute in this, Meg. Good job on doing all the hard work of ripping and re-sewing.

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