Your Honour, may I enter Exhibit A into evidence: My new linen dress, straight from the dryer. Sigh. Good thing I pre-shrunk the heck out of it before sewing.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
The next pattern on my list to destash / Sew Through the Decades is this 1 Hour Dress from McCall's (1998). I always laugh at the label "1 hour Dress". I guess it would take an hour if you didn't make the sleeves. Or the long version. Or the darts. Or finish the seams. Or topstitch. Not that I'm complaining, but it is a bit misleading when you're learning to sew. I guess I am complaining ;)
I was trying to copy the pose on the pattern envelope, but I just can't pull it off. Not without those ugly '90s elasticized sandals and weird topknot.
It's a bit shapeless, so I made it super mini. Well, super mini for a 40-something mom. Isn't there some sort of optimum mathematical relationship between hem length:age? There should be, considering the woman I saw at the spa last summer, who was pretty close to my age, but wore her skirt so short that we all knew she was coming in for a bikini wax. Ahem. Anyway.....
I also posted to Burdastyle (profile: puffling), explaining how I decided to do the pre-shrink of all pre-shrinking by washing hot and drying on high in order to avoid having DH shrink it in the laundry after I spent a whole "1 hour" on this dress.