Hey everyone! I am a little thrilled and shocked that my mom asked me to do this! So I guess I will start with an intro...
I am the second daughter (or precious princess as my mom calls us!) and the mother of "The Little Prince".
I have been sewing since my freshman year in high school so about 7 years now. My mother got me into sewing. I loved it when I would see her in a new fashion forward outfit that looked like she would have bought from the store. And once I made my first shirt from the Burda Fast & Easy Magazine and got such great reviews, I was hooked. Now I sew every chance that I can which ain't easy with a 3 month old baby!!!
My mom asked me a series of questions to use as a basis for this post, so here they are:
1. What type of fabric did you use?
For this dress I was looking to make a bold statement. So I chose a purple border print in a rayon knit from my mom's stash.
2. Did you use any notions in this dress?
Besides thread...I left out the elastic at the bodice of the dress and added a black satin ribbon instead.
3. Why did you choose this pattern (McCalls 5893)?
I bought a maxi dress from Charlotte Russe and I wanted to make one of my own with my style added to it, even though this one ended up as a short version. I definitely see a longer one in my future!
4. Was it hard to sew? If yes, why? If no, why not?
No. It was pretty easy - just a little time-consuming since I don't sew very often anymore.
5. Construction Sequence:
I cut the pattern and fabric out. I sewed the bodice together and I left out the elastic. I used gathers instead so that I could lose some of the fullness. Then I sewed the skirt together...and finally sewed the bodice and skirt together.
This is where I asked my mom for help because I wanted to wear it to a picnic that day and I was running late. So my mom finished all the edges on her serger which gave the dress a funkysexycool look.
6. Any special tips?
No...I'm still an advanced beginner, so I sewed this straight out of the envelope.
Overall this is a great quick and easy dress to make. It can be worn casually, as business wear or more formally. I really loved my version of the dress and got alot of compliments on it at the picnic!
Thanks Mom for letting me show off my dress and "The Little Prince"!