Admittedly, I am a newbie sewist and I am learning along the way. I am absolutely one of those people who sees something and says, “I could totally do that”. Never mind that I’ve never sewn, knitted (insert any craft here). I can figure it out. Usually this involves lots of trial and error, a trip or two to JoAnn’s, constant approval seeking critiques from my husband and an end result that looks kinda sorta the way I was hoping.
But not this time. This time I feel like I got it right, and I’m pretty excited about it. Of course there are still some techniques to improve on, but we’ll get to that later.
The Twirl Dress
I think this dress was meant to be. Within a week I found this beautiful dress that inspired me AND I happened upon an amazing fabric score. I picked up a super cool printed sheet at a rummage sale…for $ .50! I know, amazing. I have always been so envious of the fabric deals other people find and now I have one of my own! But, most importantly I found the time to sit down and make the dress.
Inspiration Dress: www.joules.com
I didn’t follow a pattern, I traced the outline of an existing dress and added seam allowances. I had trouble figuring out how to sew in the lining and how to use elastic at the waist to make it easier to get in and out of. But, I think next time I will add a zipper to the side seam, I just couldn’t make the elastic work the way I wanted. I will also add bias tape to the arms and neck opening to give it a more finished look.
But for now, I’m very happy with the dress. My daughter loves it and it has excellent twirl capabilities!