October 8, 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.  


  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.

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

  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.

  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!

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

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

  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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