Thank you for your kind comments on my last post (which has now been deleted, fyi)- it has been a really hard month, and feels like it will continue to be difficult for a long while yet. But I want to return to blogging regularly, because even when it feels impossible, life must continue.
So I left you hanging re; The Notebook Sewalong. But your patience will be rewarded. Here is my final dress, check her out!
So I've pretty much made a copy of my inspiration dress, minus the buttons in the end as I decided they were unnecessary.
To make the pattern pieces for the front detail I traced out the pattern and mirrored it so I had a whole front pattern piece, then decided where I wanted the crease/fold/ricrac to go, remembered to include seam allowance, and drew the new cutting lines. Then traced the smaller other piece to complete the front of the dress. Of course I did a muslin for this, to make sure the plan would work- lucky for me, it did first time! yay! I did make a small change once I got my pattern pieces on my actual fabric because the pattern curved a little and looked wrong against the neat rows of pattern, so I followed the pattern on the fabric and just kinda winged it.
I ended up with quite a short dress, but not quite as short as the dress in the film. I did leave a big him allowance in case I wanted to lengthen it, but after wearing it for a day I am comfortable with the current length.
So, I'm really, really please with my make. I love this dress, it is so comfortable and casual, and I'm going to be wearing it a lot, I can tell you now. The fabric I got from work, and even using my discount it was more than I'd usually spend at £11.50/m. Because I was looking for a very specific fabric design I rationalised the extra cost, and I can't lie to you, I actually am in love with this fabric! It's a woven cotton with a tiny touch of stretch to it, it is beautifully soft and was wonderful to work with. I can't afford to make it a habit to spent that much, but next time I see something just perfect at that price, I won't be afraid.
I'm now running off to check out the other's makes-