Home Away from Home Dress
I made this dress while I was in California for a few weeks. We stayed at my parents’ house, and my mom has a sewing machine. It’s a Brother, which means that I fought with it the entire time. But at least I was able to produce a wearable garment using it.
I purchased the fabric from JoAnn’s the first weekend we were there because that is the only fabric store near them and I needed material to work on a project. There was less than 1 3/4 yards left on the bolt, but I figured I’d make it work. I was able to cut everything out, with the exception of the back facing.
I brought a couple sewing patterns with me. I used vintage Vogue 1046, pictured below, to make this dress.
I finished the dress and tried it on and the front of the dress gaped at the top. I couldn’t solve the problem by shortening the halter strap. So I transformed the halter strap into two straps and hand stitched the straps to the back bodice and bodice trim seam allowance. I had eeked out a belt from the material, but I had to cut it up to make the straps.
The fit is by no means perfect, and I need to add a snap on the inside at the top front of the bodice, to keep things in place.
Some adjustments need to be made next time I make the dress. The darts go to far up in the front, and there is extra volume where the straps connect to the bodice.
This pattern had a lot of ease. The waist came out much bigger than I thought it would, and I even took it in a bit.
Frankly, the idea of taking the dress apart to fix any of the problems isn’t my idea of a fun time. So, I just noted the changes that need to be made the next time I use the pattern.
When I make another dress with this pattern, I’ll use a contrasting fabric for the placket and straps.
The second weekend of my stay, two of my sisters went with me to buy fabric at Loft (across from Michael Levine) in the garment district in downtown L.A. After that, we went to pick up one of my other sisters from school in Long Beach. I wish I had thought to take pictures of us, but I get to wrapped up in enjoying the moment.
We each came away with loads of fabric for minimal amounts of money. The fabric is sold for $2.50/lb. You have to dig through bins to find what you want, and you can get any of the pieces cut to your desired length. I came away with a large bag of fabric. Here are just some of the fabrics.
I found several sweater knit materials that will be perfect for Fall and Winter sewing projects.
They were also giving away their $2 bags for free with purchase. These bags can have anything from tiny scraps to 2y+. I scored about 3 yards of white knit material and 2+ yards of that blue stretch poplin in the picture above.
When I left, one of my younger sisters had almost finished this dress from one of the fabrics that she found.
We had fun talking about sewing a lot while I was there. She has made a lot of darling outfits. At the same time that I finished the dress in this post, she finished a cute red and white polka dot dress. The idea of starting a blog doesn’t appeal to her, but I may have her start sending me pictures of some of her projects so I can brag about her. 🙂
Anyway, I’m sad because this is the last of the summery dresses for the year. 🙁 I’m off to start sewing for the fall and winter months. What projects do you hope to accomplish as the weather cools down? Or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, as the weather heats up?