The “Perfect Balance” Dress
Fabric: Thrifted tablecloth print cotton, $1
Pattern: Simplicity 2465
Year: c. 1945
Notions: vintage zipper, boning
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again: YES!
Total Cost: $1
Even though I ended up with two UFOs in the process, this challenge (or rather, my final creation) afforded me with the opportunity to get excited about sewing again. I know what you're thinking: "aren't you always excited about sewing?" The answer is "mostly, yes."
I received a comment about last week's top (which I have, in fact, worn again) and my sewing burnout that forced me to think about how I approach the challenges. Amy writes:
I'd rather see you make something you like and will wear again instead of throwing something together for the sake of a challenge! I don't think anyone would be upset if you took your time and posted on Wednesday instead. It seems silly to rush through an ambitious task just to get it done "on time" when you're already feeling burnt out. Sewing should be fun! Don't make it another chore.
Amy had a very good point. Why rush something just to meet a challenge when I may never wear it again? Not only is it a waste of resources and time, but it's a bad standard to set for The Sew Weekly readers. While I tend to do things fast (that's just how I have to work), there is no point in rushing something for the sake of a challenge.
As I mentioned above, I ended up with two UFOs during this challenge. Instead of forcing myself to unhappily finish either one of them in a rush, I decided to set them aside and readdress them in the future when I had more time and more motivation.
This challenge is all about the PERFECT summer dress. I think I needed to go through those two UFOs to get to the dress that, to me, is absolutely perfect.
I've been holding onto this 32" bust pattern for quite some time — at least a year. When I first saw this pattern, I loved it so much that I didn't care that it would have never fit my 38" bust. When it finally was my size, I was intimidated by the instructions to add boning. After I added boning to my Eclair from the 7in7 Challenge, I knew I could tackle it.
The fabric was thrifted for a $1. You may recall that when I posted about it in my Friday Fabric Finds, I said "There's no way I can use this without looking like a tablecloth, but mark my words, I'll find a use for it." Well, I can't think of anything better than a Memorial Day dress for a picnic table print.
The pattern itself? OMG, it was a dream to construct! The only challenge came from a missing pattern piece (the lower front bodice) that I was able to reconstruct. Other than that, it was wonderful! The best thing: the bodice uses casing for the straps and is adjustable!
I love this pattern.
The photos were taken on our Memorial Day weekend trip to Monterey. It is, indeed, the perfect summer dress.