Video: Sewing designer dresses!

May 21, 2017 3 Comments

Video: Sewing designer dresses!

May 21, 2017 3 Comments

Let’s take a look at what I’m planning to sew once I done with my final garment in my spring stash busting wardrobe. I have finally settled on the patterns for the gorgeous Italian designer knits I bought last fall. I’m very excited to get back to making dresses after a well needed dress making break, where I focused more on making basics and separates, i.e. stuff that I actually wear on a daily basis. But I love making dresses, so it’s nice to once more add some glam to my wardrobe. And this is what this video is about!

As a side note, I’m very strict about finishing my planned sewing before I start working on a new project. And I often refuse to change my plans once I have settled on a particular sewing project. The last bit is somewhat extreme I’ll admit, but since I started being really rigorous about sticking to my plans I’m actually a happier and more satisfied sewist! I know this sounds super weird, but the sense of accomplishment is just so massive with this approach and I never have any looming projects bogging me down. Not that I don’t get tempted, like right now I just want to sew light garments because the weather is warmer. But sticking to a plan just works better for me mentally at the moment.

This is just how I roll obviously, different strokes for different folks and all that. What’s your take on that? Are you a flexible, mood based, sewist or more of a strict planner like I am?

Johanna Lundström

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  • Anne B. May 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Wow! Two wonderful ambitious projects! I look forward to seeing your finished garments. I have tried sewing a wrap dress – my first two attempts failed pretty miserably (the fit just wasn’t right – one with gaping at the neckline revealing way too much and the second, also presenting an issue with the neckline – too tight in certain spots and the fit at the shoulders was just wrong). So – I need to work on the fit of these two patterns…or maybe I’ll try yet another pattern (I am thinking Maria Denmark’s Rachel wrap dress, Vogue 8379 or Vogue 8646). I may decide to forego the wrap dress altogether and go to a mock wrap dress and see if that works any better – New Look 6301, McCall’s 6884 or work from Jalie’s 2804 to make a dress. Whatever I choose to do, I’ll need to mentally prepare and muster up the courage to take on this new project! There is no real rush…I plan on making it with long sleeves, so even If it takes all summer for me to complete this project , I’ll be able to wear my dress come fall!! 😀

    • Johanna May 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Oh I feel your pain, wrap dresses are not as easy as they look, especially when it comes to fit and that bugging gaping/revealing neckline issue! Since my upper body is so short I shortened (folded) the bodice on my last wrap dress above the bust to help with this, and I also used a folded band and not a facing to make the neckline to lie more flat. But I know that some will use a metal snap, a small band or even a tack or a safety pin to keep the neckline in place! I think those mock wrap dresses make total sense and are generally much more easy to fit right. I know you can do this! 🙂

  • Jan March 3, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Try Cashmerette Appleton wrap…pattern includes sizes up to 28 and C to H cup with a no gap wrap front…its for stretch fabrics but is a great fit. I usually need an FBA with every pattern but not this one!

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