Friday, August 26, 2011

Challenge... Accomplished!!!

I wanted a challenging project, and it certainly was one! Putting the finishing touches on it today made me smile on the inside and outside, as meeting any challenging goal would!









It ended up a little shorter than I planned, but DH assures me that I look great. ;)

The neck facing went in easily, and the armholes were hemmed with just a little issue getting a nice finish at the side seam (because of the two separate layers). The hem ruffle was time consuming, as I used my serger to stitch a nice narrow rolled hem on both the top and bottom. Then, I used my gathering foot to speed up the process (just a little fiddling wi the tension to get the desired result). I applied the ruffle to the outside of the dress, hemmed the lining accordingly.


Photo shoots at the fire station are always more fun...

My only recommendations on the pattern (Burda 7/2011 #138) are to MAKE A MUSLIN. It was much bigger in the waist than I expected (I took it in 1/2" on both side seams and another 1/2" on both the back darts), and much longer than I expected (not afterward, though!)

I love the final results, and while I didn't make a million garments this summer, I am very happy with the quality of the few that I did make!

13 comments:

Gorgeous Things said...

I wanna do my photo shoots at the fire station!

Love your dress :)

Sewfast said...

Love firehouse shoots! Will miss that when hubby retires!

Cindy said...

You look very happy in your dress! Chiffon is tricky. Beautiful job!

KID, MD said...

Gorgeous!! It turned out amazingly.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Glad you accepted the challenge because the end result is perfection!

JoanneM said...

DARLING!!!!!
I swear you look younger every pic I see of you......

Linda said...

This is a great looking dress. You wear it well!

meredithp said...

Love it!

Rachel said...

Very pretty!! I love the fabric.

Linda T said...

Fantastic! Love the end result.

Irene said...

This is so, so cute. Love the way it turned out!

Summerset said...

Looks great! Glad you stuck with this one and figured out how to make it work.

Lindsay T said...

Very cute, Kristine! Love the photo shoot.