Last Autumn, I got a swatch of this lovely Atelier Brunette Viscose Crepe. At the time I was looking for a lining to a jacket (that I’m still working on) but it didn’t quite fit the bill. I absolutely loved the fabric though, so I kept the swatch. I had put off getting more to make a full garment because I didn’t trust myself to make something nice enough from it. At the time, I probably only sewed once a week for about 3 hours and the things I made were full of mistakes and dumb fabric choices. I’m going to stick some of these up on my blog at some point but even though I was proud of the fact I could make then, I didn’t really enjoy wearing the clothes enough to justify investing in nice fabric.
Another issue was that I couldn’t decide on what to make from the fabric. I was jumping between a blouse or a wrap dress but none of my ideas felt perfect. I really liked the M7974 but I had it in my head that I only wanted to make view C in a light weight linen like fabric and was worried the neckline was too low for me.
The pattern wasn’t the easiest but because I made two mock ups, I was able to practice the hardest parts before I made the final garment and I am confident that I will be able to do an even better job if I make another one. I am already planning on making a longer length version for Autumn. I used the burrito method when attaching the yoke as I had seen this technique recommended by other people who had made the dress. I still don’t think I sewed up the midriff front correctly because I ended up just winging it. I also made a mistake when cutting out the fabric and only cut 2 of one of the skirt pieces instead of the 4 it needed. I ended up having to order another half meter of fabric to fix this which was super annoying. The most gut wrenching mistake I made was when I was trimming the seam allowance while finishing the final seam. I accidentally took a small snip out of the back of my dress. After a bit of panicking, I sewed in a small patch to try and cover it. Luckily it isn’t very noticeable as it's on the back just above the waist. But that moment when I thought I ruined the whole garment was the worst.
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