Finally – A Finished Dress!

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I used the princess seam bodice of New Look 6020, and substituted New Look A6843 for a basic flared skirt because I didn’t have enough fabric for the 6 paneled skirt of the dress pattern.  I made a muslin of the bodice and worked on the fit.  I started with a size 14 but ended up with about 1 inch side seam allowance so the sizes must have a lot of ease. I would expect a dress with a zipper to be more fitted.  For the skirt I didn’t put much thought into it and cut out the largest size, and then added 2 small pleats to fit the bodice.  I changed the side zipper of the pattern to an invisible back zipper.  The dress is fully lined.

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This first dress is a dress of many firsts:  first time inserting an invisible zipper, sewing princess seams, lining a bodice, and understitching.

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I started by reading blogs of knitters who also sewed and thought I wish I could do that.  Then I bought a sewing machine and hardly took it out of  the box for a year.  I had a fear of cutting fabric.  Little by little, I  have started to gain experience and knowledge. This was my fourth item of clothing sewn from scratch, and a big challenge for me.

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A hot day to be outside taking photos!

I’m so glad it’s done before summer’s end.

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