These Andover Fabrics arrived yesterday afternoon, and in my excitement, I threw them in the wash immediately and then sewed them up as soon as my kids went to bed at night. My dresses for the sew along are all made using Andover Fabrics. Please follow them on Facebook to keep up with all of their new designs!
Besides sizing up the skirt, that is the only modification that I made in my first version. I want to stress that whenever I am making any kind of clothing, I TRY ON AFTER EVERY MAJOR SEWING STEP. It’s just something I do to make sure I am on track for the dress fitting how I want it to fit. If you just sew from the instructions without ever trying it on until the end, you’re likely not going to be happy with the fit. It’s very simple and quick to try it on and just assess in the mirror. Everyone has a different body shape, and fitting is really important when making clothes for yourself. I ended up trimming 1″ off the sides of the bodice pieces (which in turn I also trimmed the belt pieces), which I wouldn’t have known that I needed to do unless I tried it on. The neckline ended up fitting me perfectly (no gaping), so I didn’t need to make any adjustments to the neck facings.
Since my 2nd version is a gathered skirt, I just cut the gathered skirt pieces as usual and gathered the fabric in small enough so that it fit the width of my belt/bodice pieces. Easy peasy.
Conclusion – I hope you will sew along with me! I’ve been getting a lot of people asking about the pattern, and many of them are beginners to garment sewing. This is a great way to dip your toes in the water. I love this pattern so much, and it’s fun and easy to put together. Not to put a stopwatch on you, but my 2nd version (since I had already made one), took me 3-1/2 hours from start to finish. My first one took me a couple of evenings. So this is the perfect weekend project to make!
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