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My 2013 Holiday Dress

Happy December everyone! I just looked back at the last time I posted, and it’s been too long. I have to remind myself that as a sewing blogger it’s totally acceptable to go M.I.A. sometimes while we’re sewing up a storm.

For a sewing blogger, not posting consistently or not posting for weeks is okay. A silence from the web usually means that you are in front your sewing machine, making your next masterpiece.

This is a quote from Maddie‘s Tips for Sewing Bloggers. If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely take a look. I loved reading the reflections in the comments section too.

Now, let’s talk about my 2013 Holiday Dress!

My 2013 Holiday Dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

This is a self-drafted pattern that I cut four times. I draped the first dress on one of my studio forms that is about 2-3 sizes smaller than me.

My 2013 Holiday Dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

After sewing the first muslin and deciding to move forward with the pattern, I graded the whole dress up, and it ended up being about 6″ too big all around. Not sure how that happened!

My 2013 Holiday Dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

After a third muslin, I made a couple more alterations then cut and sewed the fourth and final dress pictured here.

My 2013 Holiday Dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

I’m not too thrilled with the final dress. The fit is still off, and in my opinion, the style lines on the skirt are pretty unflattering (but I do like the lines on the bodice!). It’s a shame because I thought it looked so good in the sketch! Instead of using the Fashionary croquis, I really need to draw one in my own proportions to avoid problems like this in the future.

My 2013 Holiday Dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

The dress is made out of a polyester something-or-other that I had in my stash. I have no idea where I got it from. One of my 2014 projects is to catalog all my fabrics.

My 2013 Holiday Dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

Nothing too exciting to report on the finishing. I should have lined the whole bodice, but since I cut and sewed this dress the same day I wanted to wear it, I went for a facing instead. Poor decision on my part because it wouldn’t have taken much longer to do a lining, and you can definitely see the facing through the bodice. Silly me!

My 2013 Holiday Dress - Workroom Social • Sewing Instruction and Inspiration • Brooklyn

Though the fit isn’t quite what I wanted it to be, I did wear my Holiday Dress out to happy hour with some of my favorite NYC sewers and bloggers!

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  1. I was just like ooohhh fun! Oh wait, that’s me! :)

    December 19, 2013
  2. mokosha #

    i love that dress! would make a nice color block one too :)

    December 20, 2013
  3. That’s lovely! I’ve never even made a strapless dress, led alone drafted one with such interesting style lines! Way to go!!!!

    December 21, 2013
  4. Amanda #

    Oops, I was out of town for the holidays and didn’t get a chance to comment on this! I love the color of your dress. Mokosha is right, this would be a fun dress to color block! And thanks for sharing this great photo. It was definitely a fun evening and I’m looking forward to the next one. :)

    January 5, 2014

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