June 9, 2012 by Janna Roznos
I don’t know when I saw this pattern, but I fell in the I-have-to-have-that-now mode! Somehow saner minds prevailed and I waited and did buy this pattern while it was on sale at JoAnn’s. I’ll admit I usually don’t wait until their pattern sales because: 1) JoAnn’s has a very small – No, that’s not right, minuscule is the better word, inventory, and as such they may not have my size or even have the pattern. 2) Going to JoAnn’s is never a quick run in and get what you want and get out again. There is ALWAYS a line. Only one register is opened. There is always some issue at the register that requires the manager/lead person or some other person of authority to be called to the front. And, most importantly my inability to BUY JUST ONE PATTERN! I mean, Come On! I have to look at all the sewing books, all the fabric and (other patterns, of course) and I must peruse the magazine selection. No wonder it takes me an afternoon to get in and out of the store.
A few changes I made to the pattern were:
I added the selvedge strips into the sleeve for a little bit of interest. The selvedge I just could not part with.
I did whack off 8 ½ inches from the bottom hem since the dress was much too long. This pattern has no shorten/lengthen lines on it and it is recommended (per the guide sheet) to just shorten at the hem. EEKS! I thought that was the lazy way of shorten a handmade garment. Oh well, I guess it worked out in the end. This picture before hemming (and the wrong choice of shoes, too).
I didn’t have enough fabric for the pattern lay out, so I squished and squeezed the pattern pieces on the fabric so some of the grain lines matched the selvedge and some don’t, but I think that this adds some interest to the all over garment.
I bought the fabric probably ten years ago from Nancy Notions in Beaver Dam Wisconsin. We were in Baraboo Wisconsin for a family reunion (my DH side of the family – not my side) and I convinced DH to stop in Beaver Dam. Well, the sewing goddess was smiling on me that afternoon with fabric sale and a brat fry! DH was happy with a brat – Who wouldn’t be?! And, I was happy fabric shopping!
Needless to say, I bought this fabric not knowing what I was going to do with it but serendipity was on my side (and that ever elusive sewing goddess, too) and I think the dress turned out pretty well.
I have worn this so much already I will probably wear this quite a bit before it gets just too hot here to even breathe.
This is a picture my DH took of me when I wore it for Mother’s Day. (Not the best choice of shoes with this dress, but I just ran outside for a quick photo).