It seems like many moons ago that I started working on this little blighter, the second attempt at pattern no.1, which I started out believing was going to be a breeze to work on. (I don't know how Mena at The Sew Weekly does it.)
Admittedly I have been away so haven't spent that many physical hours on it - maybe just emotional hours - but I did encounter a number of hiccups:
1) a failed attempt to make the skirt more fitted
2) puckering seam finishes
3) lack of machine speed control (I've heard it's like driving a car, but I never got my licence)
4) lots of alterations needed at back and sides
5) ripped fabric.
Things I have learnt:
1) I love my stitch ripper
2) beginners shouldn't buy thin cotton
3) always sew in slippers
4) I should start saving for a dress form
5) no one need see the inside!
The dress does lack a certain je ne sais quoi. I can't decide what to add to the front to make it more snazzy. A bow? Pleating? Peter pan collar? Fabric-covered buttons? Ruffle? Key hole cut out? Or a recycled lacy panel inspired by Whipstitch? What do you think I should do? Thoughts, please! [This post was written to a soundtrack of A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke and a smelltrack of sweet chilli sauce]