sew dressy

I managed to finish sewing a dress over the weekend, but it was a bit of a struggle.
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This is McCall’s #3617. The dress has bust darts, and I was unable to, well, to fill them out, so I altered the darts to princess seams. I then had a heck of a time setting in the sleeves. There was a lot more sleeve than armhole, and I was left with some puckering, but I figured I could just pretend they were supposed to be puckered. All went well until I tried on the dress. Whoah, that’s some wide neck area, Nelly! I put on a strapless bra (yes, they do make them for the boobularly challenged) and wore it to the wedding, anyway. The fabric is a retro print from the Aunt Gracie’s series, which I adore.

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22 Responses to sew dressy

  1. alison says:

    Fabulous frock, and great fabric, too. So summery! I love it.

  2. Gina says:

    Boobularly challenged? Hilarious!
    I really enjoy your blog!

  3. melissa says:

    Hey, the dress looks great! You can’t even see any puckering at all. That softspot dress pattern I used also has that same wide neck. I guess I better get me a strapless bra!

  4. Iko says:

    I love the dress… and is it just me or is the fabric changing color from top to bottom? If it is (and not just a weird light thing from the camera), where did you get it? I love the color and design and want to get some!

  5. melanie says:

    Love the dress – esp. the wide neckline! The fabric is fantastic. You look lovely!

  6. monica says:

    It’s very cute on you!

  7. Brenda says:

    Very cute dress!

  8. Meg says:

    Excellent job & it looks great on you. My Mom taught me an interesting way to set-in sleeves – instead of using thread to gather in the ease, she pins the daylights out of it. Pin at the dots & divide & divide the ease until it’s all gone, then carefully stitch over the pins. Works for me, anyway. 🙂

  9. chris says:

    Wow, that’s lovely! And I think the neckline is tres flattering on ya!

  10. Cruz says:

    You are too hard on yourself, you and the dress look great!

  11. carolyn says:

    that is a wide neckline, those kinda freak me out 🙂 i LOVE the fabric. and the straight up and down pose. 😉

  12. Amy says:

    I love the Aunt Gracie line of fabrics! I have a *huge* stash assortment of Aunt Grace awaiting the day I get off my b*tt and make a Double Wedding Ring quilt. Your dress is absolutely darling … and hats off to you converting darts to princess seams! I’m not brave enough to attempt that challenge 🙂

  13. Wendy in CA says:

    What a GREAT dress! I think it’s so neat that you sew. I haven’t sewn in years, but lately I’ve been hankering to do so. You are a sewing inspiration!

  14. Silvia says:

    Hey great job on the dress! You look so grown up and proper, though I imagine your friends weren’t fooled…
    Also, I think your adorable fit figure would look great in those nipped waist full skirty dresses, plus with some retro fabric that you “may” already possess–wow. I saw several patterns when perusing the books…but hey, that’s just me enabling…

  15. Emma says:

    You look lovely.The neckline is very flattering on you.

  16. Marie says:

    The dress looks great on you! I can’t see any puckering. It looks fantastic! I agree with others that you’re being too hard on yourself. You did a great job!

  17. Carrie says:

    What a fabby dress, you are so cute! I also am boobularly challenged, and I have ONE Victoria’s Secret strapless bra. And I stuff it with fake VS boobs, but only when I’m waitressing and need to make extra tip money. (shh! don’t tell)

  18. froggy says:

    Great neckline and lovely color! Such a nice style. The sleeves are wonderful!

  19. Abbey says:

    I too, am boobularly challenged. Add to that..being 30 something and having my butt and thighs start to grow for no reason whatsoever…you get to be one size on the top, and another on the bottom. I think this is how the skirt with blouse combo was invented. Anyhow, I’ve resorted to gel bras for filling out nice dresses…fabulous invention.

  20. Heidi says:

    Gosh that’s cute! I love the Aunt Grace prints too. It looks really nice on you.
    Sleeves are my greatest nemesis in sewing. Yours appear to have turned out fine, even with the little puckers!

  21. Elaine says:

    Nice job, cute fabric. I made a Vogue dress once that had a v-neckline that seemed way to wide. (Think of that sweater you made that you could wear as a vest.) I wish there were a way for the pattern co to put neckline info on the package. Looks very nice on you.

  22. Becky says:

    The dress is great, and congrats on those clever fixes. All hail Mariko the dressmaker!

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