Monday, November 20, 2017

Love Letters Dress

     I fell in love with Retrolicious' Love Letters Dress a.k.a ModCloth's The Sooner The Letters Dress, but I knew that the style wouldn't look quite right on my frame, so I decided to buy the fabric and make my own version of the dress.  That was in November of last year and sadly the fabric has sat in the box untouched until last month.  I suddenly dug into a rich vein of inspirado and got to work making this dress and since there was enough fabric left over, I also made a skirt.  Now that I'm in the swing, I've already started on another dress with some adorable cat print fabric.  This dress went so smoothly (or sew it seamed---so many sewing puns to make here!).  I used Vogue Pattern V8789, style B.  If you're a reagular reader of my blog you may remember that this is the first pattern I ever used when I began sewing in April of 2016.  For that project I used style A.  
    Well, since I'd already made this dress and it fit just fine, it didn't occur to me that I might need to try this one before I finished it.  So, after only two days of work the dress was done!  Oh, my, Goodness!  I thought I was really getting good at sewing....until I tried it on.  The boat neck  was literally on my neck, about half way up it in the front and back and so tight that there was no way I could fit the clasp closure on at the sides.  In the end, I rolled down the neckline three times and sewed it each time, then rolled down the neckline in the back and sewed it.  And, instead of clasp closures, I went with lace straps and wooden buttons.  I think it gives the dress a more interesting, rustic look and I;m very happy with it, but it was a hard row to sew (hee, hee, I made another pun).  Each time I sew, I learn something new and it becomes less difficult and more intuitive.  As I mentioned I'm currently working on a Cat Dress and I have two more dresses planned after that....and then I may take a break for another year :D

Shop The Look:
Tim Holtz Electic Elements Letters Fabric
Love Letters Dress from Retrolicious $99.99
Charter School Cardigan and Qupid Heels from ModCloth

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