Today Chris and I will be sharing our finished dresses and some additional tips and tricks we learned along the way. If you are just joining us, click here for Day 1, here for Day 2, here for Day 3, and here for Day 4 of the sew along.
Time to share my finished dress with you. I'm not much of a model, and I hate having my picture taken. We have very few pictures of me because I'm usually the one behind the camera. I've been nervous about having to pose for the final product, but here goes nothing...
This is my favorite picture (probably because you can't see me :)...
OK, enough about me, let's move on to...
Portfolio Dress Pattern Tips and Tricks:
- A sewing gauge is really helpful, not just for this project but for any sewing project.
- I use a water soluble disappearing ink pen for my pattern markings. When I'm done with the marks, I just use a damp washcloth to wipe the ink off the fabric. My pen is bright pink so it really stands out against the fabric.
- Don't be afraid to use lots of pins. No one will think any less of you for using 50 pins to attach your sleeve or neck band. Pinning gives me confidence when I'm sewing.
- I could not get the button loops to turn using the method described in the pattern. I used Chris's idea instead. It was much easier and still looks great.
- I had difficulty with two parts of the pattern. The first was Step 9, attaching the side front and pocket (piece 3) to the pocket facing and front (pieces 4 and 1). My problem was with the pinning. I originally pinned all three pieces 1, 3, and 4 together. You actually need to pin pieces 1 and 3 together until you come down to the pockets, then pin pieces 3 and 4 together without piece 1. The second difficult part for me was Step 28, attaching the neck band to the garment. It took me about five tries to get everything to line up, which meant removing my 800 pins every time I started over, but I'm glad I took the time to get it right. Make sure you clip the neckline of the garment and attach the neck band at the staystitching.
- Pay attention to changes in stitch length. When you go from regular stitching to basting or gathering then back to regular stitching, it's easy to forget to change the stitch length on your machine between steps. The same goes for changing thread colors when switching from working on the main fabric to the contrast fabric and back.
A special thank you to Chris for being my partner in crime on this project. I wouldn't have gotten through this without you :)