I know… I haven’t posted in forever!
Since the beginning of school year I had been looking forward to homecoming. During the summer I thought what dress I’d make. But I had been over thinking it. I drew sketches and wasn’t happy with any of them. Then a couple months ago I decided to do a simple slip dress.
I wanted to make my own pattern, but it was too risky because the only patterns I know how to make are tops. (I will definitely learn how to make more of my own patterns though.) I picked the Simplicity 8413 pattern and choose this beautiful plum colored velvet with subtle polka dots from my favorite place a.k.a, Discount Fabrics. (I love how the ladies who work there recognize me because I’m there so often.)
Despite being simple, the dress was actually somewhat difficult. I made some design changes and also had to make necessary adjustments. Originally the pattern had a curved neckline, but I made it straight instead. I took out the front facing because it was too thick and kept folding forward. As you can see where the strap meets the dress, the corner kept coming up. For the straps, I found a similar color fabric at Discount Fabrics. I also had to resew the 18″ invisible zipper in the back because it kept puckering. This fabric had some challenges.
Sadly I don’t have any process photos because I was too excited to make the dress. And this excitement lead to rushing. And though I love my dress, I could’ve made it better if I took my time and knew how to work with the fabric better.
But I had a great time at homecoming and got many compliments on my dress 🙂 Next time I will not let my excitement get in the way of my craftsmanship.