October 7, 2012

I Am Exhausted

Sewing Retreat was wonderful as it always is.  Last weekend - before I had any idea what I was going to work on at retreat, I ordered some fabric from Girl Charlee.  I found it through Meg the Grand and then about a week later, Angie posted about Girl Charlee too. 

The fabric that made me put more in my cart and hit purchase was this one: 

And it's already been made into Butterick 5454 from my last post. 

One of the things I love most about going to sewing retreat is having others available to help you with fit.  On both dresses I took cut and ready to sew - I was very lucky - they fit!  The 'standard' alterations that I need were enough - sway back AND short back length. 

For the first time in my life, I DID NOT add extra room through the hips.  Both patterns had enough ease built in to accommodate my shape.

The changes I made to B5454 were as follows:  added 1/2" to the front wrap so it was higher; made a 1 1/2" sway back adjustment at the shoulder, AND shortened the back by another inch; shortened the back box pleats and only sewed them down for 3" rather than the 4+" in the pattern, and added 6" to the skirt length!

I came home from 'sew camp' feeling pretty, like I knew what the heck I was doing with pattern and fabric and that my hips aren't nearly as big as I think they are!  What a fabulous weekend.  Dress photos soon.  


7 comments :

  1. Sewing camp? That just sounds awesome! I wish that we had something like that around here.

    I need to sew, but I also need to get my machine cleaned before I do anything.

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  2. So glad to hear that you had a successful retreat. I can't wait to see your dresses.

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  3. Yay! You are beautiful and a skilled sewer, so I'm glad you feel that way too. Can't wait to see more of the dresses.

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  4. Hooray for a perfect fit right out of the envelope! That fabric is really pretty. I can't wait to see your creation, and maybe this will help you get your mojo back!

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  5. so much fun to be around others and gleen some knowledge from them too! Can't wait to see the dress finished

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  6. A success times 3 ! Good for you, can't wait to see the final dresses :-)

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  7. Yea! It sounds like you had a good weekend. Isn't it great when it all comes together the way you envisioned it?

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