Butterick 5247 for Immediate Gratification
Recent sewing projects I've completed have been challenging. It is the first time in probably months that I started a dress pattern and completed it in one day. This was a nice project for immediate gratification sewing.
I pin fitted the pattern yesterday morning and began the process of making adjustments to the pattern. I needed a FBA of 1.5 inches; also a swayback and narrow back adjustment. Using my Fit For Real People "bible", I needed this reference to guide me through making a FBA with cut on kimono style sleeves. Using their method I was able to make the adjustments fairly smooth, even though it incorporated cutting off the sleeve and the bottom of the dress and then reattaching and truing up side seams. Some similar cutting and reattaching occurred after taking a narrow back tuck and swayback adjustment. All went back together well.
I cut out the fabric last night. I set up the serger and the coverstitch machine and was ready to sew this AM.
I probably could have completed the dress in two hours including allowing time for fitting. It took me longer as I took several breaks to do laundry, cooking and such. The dress is now complete. The only thing left to do is make the tie belt as this is one option for belting the dress. I also have two other chain type belts I plan to wear with the dress.
The only use of my sewing machine was to sew the darts that I kept as a result of the FBA and to baste the side seams for fitting before serging the seams. All other sewing was with the serger and coverstitch machine. I am loving the coverstitch machine more and more. I am getting much better with aligning the beginning and ending stitches to help stitch over and better secure the stitches. Acquiring the seam guide for the machine has also been a tremendous help.
I took a few photo shots of the dress hanging on the hanger before starting cooking dinner. My second garment for 2010 complete.