7in7: Day Seven, Oolong!
Fabric: Vintage lawn(?) from eBay, $10
Pattern: Colette Patterns Oolong
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again: Yes
Total Cost: $10
I know that the suspense of yesterday's post was killing you all. Yes, I indeed finished Oolong before I left for NY (so that's 7 dresses in 6 days!). As you can tell from the photo, it was getting late and rainy so I didn't feel like doing a really stylish shoot. After I finished the dress, I packed, headed to the airport and ended up finally leaving at 1:00am (weather delayed the flight). But I did it!
It's funny that I dreaded Oolong for the entire challenge and it ended up being the easiest dress to sew. Even despite my sewing machine. You see, after the machine broke during Rooibos, I decided to do this entire dress using my serger. Now that's really living dangerously. I the serger was set to do a rolling serge instead of a cutting serge for I feared I'd make a mistake that I wouldn't be able to undo. But it worked! And, I have to say, an entirely serged dress looks pretty clean inside. The only thing that I couldn't do was the hem — but I'll give myself a pass for that one.
So how could I possibly finish this dress in 2 hours?
- I didn't add the lining. I had email Sarai from Colette Patterns asking if it was essential to have a lining since the pattern includes facing pieces for the neckline. She said no, that it just prevents the dress from being too clingy. I'm just wearing a slip and it worked fine! I would do it the same exact way next time.
- I didn't do the gathers at the v-neckline. Instead I used my brooch act like the stitched gathering. That saved me time and headache.
- As I mentioned above, it's not hemmed. When I get to hemming it, it will be a rolled hem done on my serger.
- There are no fasteners. It just slips over your head.
So this scary dress turned out to be a lamb. Go figure.
And with this dress, so ends the Seven in Seven challenge. Thanks to everyone for your votes and wonderful comments! You guys are so complimentary and nice and it totally motivated me to keep on sewing. This was incredibly hard to pull-off and my family suffered greatly from my inattention. Considering that my sewing machine needs to go to the shop, I think I'll (and they'll) be getting a much needed break (I'll still be able to do next week's challenge).
And special thanks to Sarai & Colette Patterns for the awesome patterns to work with!
Also! Want to buy your own Oolong? Colette Patterns is offering Sew Weekly readers 20% off the patterns until May 18th. Just use the code: SEVEN20 (It's case sensitive).