I just finished a craft marathon and vacation. In the midst of crafting 23 champagne coozies for my sister-in-law darcy’s wedding, I decided to sew an entire dress together.
The dress is the Carnival Dress from Twinkle Sews.
This dress pattern is fairly complex, but I thought I could manage it. It took a week of nights just to tape together the 78-page pattern and cut it out. I ordered the material from Twinkle Living. The material is a shimmery-satin-silik ribbon print, and it is out of stock again!
The book says you need 2 yards for all of the sizes. It took the education and skills my computer science degree to arrange the pattern in the most efficient way. I ran into an error with piece #3: the piece should be mirrored (for size 12 [determined by bust size!]). When I was done cutting, attempted to piece and found the errant part, I did not have enough fabric with the length-wise grain. I had to cut the correct piece at a cross-wise grain because it was the only piece large enough!
It was also my first time working with shirring, liner, and an invisible zipper. I totally loved using the basting stitch to help put the shirring in place. I thought it was weird that the pattern had all of these internal interfacing parts, and then the lining covered them on the inside, creating 3 layers of fabric, but I don’t know what to suggest to make the order better.
And then we come to the invisible zipper installation. I have a Janome sewing machine. It is the high-end Hello Kitty model. The invisible zipper foot I purchased (AND THE ONLY ONE IN TOWN) turns my sewing machine into a band saw or jigsaw of sorts. The back screw of the needle hit the top of the invisible zipper foot! The machine would not even go unless I could put it on high speed right away. Then, once the process started, I had THREE stitches before the screw on the back of the needle shaft knocked the invisible zipper foot off. It was a challenge, and the seam looks hellacious, but it did the job.
The dress was really fun to wear to the wedding. I thought the straps would be weird, but they fit perfectly. The wedding was in the Catskill Mountains, where the temperature dips below 50F at night in August! I threw a jacket on over the dress and some black skinny jeans underneath, and kept on dancing!