Looking through these pictures really highlights the fact that I only have about 3 poses with my favorite clearly being “left hand in hair while gazing off into the distance and laughing at something that’s not there”. I think the tweens in the park really got a kick out of watching me take these pictures. It was cold, windy, and my clever idea to use a giant balloon backfired as it kept hitting me in the face. Taking blog pictures in public is always an awkward adventure.
Anyways, let’s talk about this dress! I sewed up the Bridgetown Dress by Sew House Seven for Selfish Sewing Week. If you are unfamiliar with Selfish Sewing Week, check out this post by Indiesew to see what all the buzz is about!
I had heard that the Bridgetown Dress runs a bit small so I took some extra precautions. I cut the size 4 bodice (which my bust size aligns with) and the size 10 skirt (which is a few inches larger than my hips). I actually should have cut a straight size 4 because I ended up taking the skirt in quite a bit at the end. I didn’t exactly measure when I was “fitting” (I use that term very loosely) the garment, but I would guess I also took the bodice in by a good 2 inches.
For the fabric, I used an awesome navy knit from Art Gallery Fabrics. Art Gallery Fabrics recently released a line of solid color knits and they are seriously dreamy. The stretch and recovery is really nice and the weight is perfect – not too thin, not too thick! I want it in all the colors!
This dress came together pretty easily but either there’s a small error in the instructions or I am just really dense. The instructions say to leave a 1 inch seam allowance when attaching the bodice to the skirt for the waistband tunnel but it also says that a serger can be used… which, as far as I know, cannot leave 1 inch of seam allowance. Well, I didn’t think that though fully and just serged it together, chopping off the seam allowance I needed to make the waistband tunnel. Then, I sat perplexed for a while trying to figure out how to make the waistband tunnel out of 3/8 inches of serged seams. After some trial and error (and a large bowl of cake batter ice cream), I ended up doing some fold-y thing that I doubt has a name since it’s not a proper technique, but it worked and I was able to make an elastic casing!
I am a big fan of the backless back of this dress and I think it’s going to be really comfy on a hot summery day while eating giant bowls of ice cream at the pool. Which, with all this winter weather lately, feels like it will never be here. But on the plus side, that gives me some time to figure out how to get my backacne under control. Because that is what’s awesome about being almost thirty. Zits AND wrinkles. Figure it out already, body! 🙂
Dress: Handmade (Bridgetown Dress Pattern, Art Gallery Fabrics Knit Fabric) // Belt: JCrew (similar, similar, similar) // Booties: Nordstroms with DIY Ribbon Laces // Necklace: JCrew (similar, similar)
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Disclaimer: The pattern and fabric in this post was provided to me free of charge for participating in the Selfish Sewing Week blog tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.