The great sewing motivator is upon us- International Quilt Market is this weekend in Houston, Texas! And there’s just something about Market that says “Time to sew something cute to wear!” I’ve been resisting this urge for a year now, as last Fall was my first market and I told myself, nope, I’m not a garment sewer, but time changes everything and this Fall I’ve succomb to the desire. Yes, I’m setting my quilt blocks aside and sewing a dress!
I must confess, this isn’t my absolute first time out of the gate when it comes to garments. I dabbled a bit in 4-H when I was younger, but it’s been 18 years since I’ve attempted a dress for myself. Back in 9th grade I made this navy blue satin mermaid style gown for the Homecoming dance. I ran across it the other day actually (oh the things hidden in the depths of my sewing room closet), and could hardly believe my eyes! Oh, those meticulously covered buttons! That lace overlaid bodice! That horribly shiny satin that snags if you look at it funny! The memories. I don’t think I’ve sewn a single 5/8″ seam since then.
….that is, until yesterday. So, first order of business: spend as little money as humanly possible, which hopefully meant using a pattern I already have. Luckily, I’ve collected a random assortment of vintage patterns over the past few years…just picking them up at garage sales now and then, feeling like I needed to give them a loving home.
A quick flip through and I’ve found it- Simplicity #2073, you’re adorable and in my size- congrats lucky winner! I couldn’t resist this darling flared skirt and boat-neck top. Yes, it’s a shorts suit with a wrap skirt, but for our purposes, let’s just call you a dress with cute unders. Picked out a pretty plaid, with a cheery yellow for the belt. Yes, I pre-washed it, against all of my quilter’s instincts. :)
I don’t remember ever ironing pattern pieces before, but this lady is following directions to a t, so iron the pieces I did. Worked like a charm until my daughter thought they were trash and literally wadded them up into a 2″ ball (gasp!). Miraculously, I just pressed them again and would never even be able to tell the difference.
There are only 9 pieces, but it must have taken me the better part of an entire day to cut them out…adjusting, readjusting, pinning…I was so terrified of ruining the dress before I even started stitching!
I have to say, for a 60 year old pattern, the directions were pretty darned straight forward. I was afraid there would be all sorts of secret cryptic sewing verbiage to decode. Nope. Clear as pie…if pie were clear.
Yes, this was pretty much my afternoon today…Law & Order marathon while the kids napped, and yes, that homemade pumpkin pie is precariously close to the fabric. Don’t worry, the dress came out of the ordeal unscathed!
So I finished it tonight! Shorts suit and all! I seriously want to show it to you, but you’ll have to wait until this weekend. It was too dark to snap pics tonight, and tomorrow, it’s getting neatly packed, and ready for Market. Until then, happy sewing- I hope you’re working on something fabulous!