I'm finding that being busy does not cut down dramatically on my crafting time. I need to craft to stay sane, so I find a way to work it in. Busyness does prevent me from taking photos of my crafted items, which of course affects my blogging. I finally made it outside to take some photos of two dresses I finished.
Both dresses are Vogue 8553. I'm finding it nice to make a pattern twice in a row, because the second time the dress comes together so much more quickly.
The fabric is a cotton-blend knit that I bought online, but it seems that I no longer have a record of where I got it from. The dress came together easily. It has some details to it, such as gathering in the front and back and pleats along the skirt. I was afraid that it might be difficult to put in the front and neck bands, but they went together easily.
The dress is comfortable and swingy. (Swingy is a plus in my book.) It made me brave enough to cut out the pattern in some purple knit fabric I had been saving for almost a year.
This fabric is from Mood, of Project Runway fame. The store was really fun and they had so much fabric! This dark purple fabric is soft and slinky, and I was saving it for something that I knew would be a success.
Several co-workers complimented me on the dress this week, and were surprised to hear that I had made it. I took that as a big compliment, since they all know that I sew.
So yay, two more very wearable dresses. I'm feeling a chill in the air now, and I think fall will be here soon. Perhaps this year I will overcome my cool-weather sewing slump and make some dresses with sleeves!