Back in November I made another pattern from Tilly and the Buttons , I’m working my way randomly through her book ‘Love at First Stitch’ that I got last year for Christmas. I’ve made the Megan dress.
This dress has been an exercise in perseverance. I’ve never made a fitted dress before, and rather fancied something in denim, inspired by some dresses seen on Pinterest. I bought a medium weight denim with some stretch from Sharmas in Nottingham.
I naively sailed into making the dress without a toile. This was definitely my mistake- the book advises it too! Oh well. The problem was that the dress fitted on the front, and it was only when I’d inserted the zip that I realised there was a problem. The back was too big! I checked my pattern pieces, had I accidentally cut out the wrong size? Nope, not that… And so a LOT of research began. I turned to my trusty book, The Complete Guide to Sewing, and to the Internet (of course) and discovered I may have a narrow back! The solution is to alter the toile with a large dart to remove the excess fabric, and transfer adjustment that to the dress fabric. However I didn’t have enough fabric to re cut the back of the dress ( and I really couldn’t face redoing the whole of it anyway) so I took in a dart on the actual dress, from the neckline to the bottom of… my bottom! I tack stitched it, and asked my mother and sister-in-law for advice on whether it looked silly. They gave me the go ahead, and ta dah! One Megan dress finished.
I find that if I don’t finish a project within about five weeks I lose interest or start to dislike it- sort of like a best before date in dressmaking! I have a beautifully made white shirt that I made at a dressmaking course, it took about 4 months. I hated it by the time it was finished, and have only worn it once. I knew that if I didn’t persevere and finish the Megan Dress it too would suffer that fate. I like it and have worn it several times and felt comfortable, which is good! It’s the ideal dress to accessorise- necklaces, scarves, brooches, belts and bright tights here I come!