Did you ever buy fabric and plan on creating something specific with it, (like a dress) but don't even have a pattern in mind, but you just KNOW what you want to do? Does this make sense? I purchased this fabric at Joann's a few months ago and I knew immediately when I saw it, I had to have it. I had to have it because I thought a summery-type dress would be perfect for this fabric. I purchased what was left on the bolt. 2 1/2 yards and NO pattern in mind.
I went home and looked through the mounds of patterns I have purchased over the years and not one seemed to be the "one". Since I only had 2 1/2 yards of fabric it really narrowed down choices.
I found this pattern- a New Look #6980.
I liked all the different versions in one pattern. Yes, this is the one! I chose the short version of View C.
When I went to cut the pattern out, the fabric was just shy a few inches. I tried moving it up, down, sideways, etc. to get it to"fit". It just didn't.... So I decided to cut it and it would probably be fine. I usually hem my dresses more than the pattern says too. After sewing the dress, it was WAY too short...
When push comes to shove, here it is!
I had to add 4 inches of solid brown fabric. There is just enough zebra fabric left over to make a headband. Whew...
Here is the back of this dress. I LOVE that it has thin straps. I can still wear a normal bra and the straps won't show. When constructing this dress, I tried the dress on and strategically sewed the straps to perfectly cover up those hideous bra straps(one of my pet peeve's). I HATE bra straps showing!
I really like how this dress turned out. It was an easy pattern to put together. I will definitely sew another one.
Question to self: Isn't it just easier to walk into a store and buy a dress? Sewing a garment takes planning and time. Not to mention if you hit a few snags.... My mother would tell me"just buy a dress".
But, having one-of-a-kind, perfectly tailored for me garment.... PRICELESS! Also, I'm just
crazy wild about sewing.... ;)