With too much to do and too little time, I was able to whip up only two pieces of clothing for our tropical vacation. The eyelet swing dress was fairly simple, but I chose to line it, which meant I had to think things through. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but I was feeling slightly under the weather and couldn’t concentrate.
It’s important to measure a pattern against the body of the person it’s being used for or better yet, create a muslin version of what you are sewing first.
I usually take my chances. 95% of the time, I have to make adjustments. I did measure my chest to determine the correct pattern size for this dress, but after the dress was completed, I ended up having to cut 24 inches from the width of the skirt and 4 inches off of the bust!
It was beachy and breezy, but it looked too much like I could have been hiding a small car under all of that fabric. I began sewing the dress with meticulous care, but after a few adjustments, I just didn’t have it in me to fawn over the details. In the end, I really like the dress and I would have paid money for it if I found it in a store.
Sewing does not need to feel monotonous or tedious. It’s actually a privilege to be able to sew, but because sewing requires quite a bit of focus and commitment, it can feel like monotony and tedium if my head is not in the right place.
The skirt didn’t need any alterations. When I have time and am well rested, I do need to reinstall the zipper. After a few tries, I finally gave up on a proper and pretty installation and decided to wear something to cover it! Ironically, I bought a top that will cover the zipper and I paid to have its shoulder straps altered!