Monday, July 26, 2010

Sewing Challenge Finale

I have been sewing like crazy during every spare moment to finish what I have come to think of as THE DRESS. Just a short time ago I "met" the lovely Carolina through blogging and quickly discovered I had found a kindred spirit. We both want to learn how to sew, and decided to make the same dress and blog about it. We chose a tunic dress from the book Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt. I have sewn a few craft items but never a garment. I made several attempts, but never finished anything because even with the "easy" patterns I always encountered BIG problems. Not so with Kay's instructions, I was able to make her tunic dress without any difficulty. So without further ado, here is the first dress I have ever made. Tada!

I am very pleased with the results, the dress fits, and I had a lot of fun making it. Thank you Kay! Because I'm a novice, I did get a little confused while putting in the invisible zipper. I have never put in any kind of zipper before. Even though I felt a little lost, I must have done okay because it looks great (as much as an "invisible" zipper can). This next picture shows one of my favorite parts. It's the inside of the bodice, and I love it because the edge looks so neat and clean and tidy unlike any other sewing I have done previously. Maybe you shouldn't look too closely, you'll see I can't sew a straight line very well! I will definitely make more clothes from Sew Serendipity, and highly recommend the book, even for beginners.


13 comments:

The Muse of The Day said...

"Tada" is right, it looks great.
We finished it, TOGETHER
It was a blast getting to do this with you, Alicia.

Brandy said...

The dress is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Both yours and Carolina's are incredible! Makes me think even I could do that!! (and I cannot sew a straight line!!) One quick question have you thought of making more of the messenger bags to sell??? I really love it!!

Alicia A said...

I've been thinking about Etsy for a while but wasn't sure what I should make. I will get started on that. Thanks for your sweet comments and idea.

Kay Whitt said...
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Kay Whitt said...

Oh Alicia!
You did such a fabulous job on your dress! Thanks for hanging with me on that invisible zipper. I am so proud of you! Now you can brag that you make your own clothing!

Amy said...

Beautiful dress! I love the pattern combination and the colors. Great job!! This challenge was fun to read :-D

April Mechelle said...

Your dress is so Cute !!! I am going to have to buy that book now.

hipchic~cynde said...

Your dress is fantastic!!! Great job. What will you make next?

SewLindaAnn said...

I've really enjoyed reading your blogs on this dressmaking experience. You both did a wonderful job the dresses are beautiful and it was delightful to hear of your friendships. You've given me some further inspiration to begin the blog I've been dreaming of doing. Another thing, the watercolor you sent her is beyond amazing. If it's a goal to sell them I'm sure you will do well, you are so very talented. The bird picture is lovely.

Amanda said...

WELL DONE!! I have never sewn a garment before, but if I ever delve into that side of crafting then I shall look up the book, because you make it sound so easy!! Enjoy wearing your most beautiful creation x

Erin said...

Great job! You should be so proud of yourself.

Anonymous said...

Alicia, we are so very proud of you!!! You know who said now sew for you girls! Love you!

Kristi said...

Wow! It really looks great - love you color combo. I also just purchased this book and have ordered fabric to make one of the skirts and the tunic (the shorter, blouse one - I wasn't as you two!). Your post gives me hope that I will be able to make it even though I am still a sewing beginner!