Suraya was the vintage inspired, and for Susu it was retro! Actually, the dress being retro inspired is quite accidental… but I love that it does look retro!
I used Anna Maria Horner’s Evening Empire Dress pattern. I had come across this pattern a couple years ago, but I considered myself a novice sewer (and still do) and didn’t have the confidence of taking it on at that time. As I contemplated what to make for Susu as her Eid outfit, I recalled the Anna Maria Horner pattern. I decided I was ready for the challenge!
I must say this may have been my most challenging sewing project yet. The pattern is basically made up of a bunch of triangle patches that make up the zig zag pattern that you see. The challenging part was lining them up flawlessly. With the non-directional fabric patterns there is less worry about alignment, but not with the first tier fabric below the bodice (just pretend you don’t see anything wrong;)) where it mattered the most. [sigh] I was so distracted with the overall project that I didn’t pay attention when cutting that print. Lesson learned…if I ever do patchwork again!
What I did think would intimidate me the most was the invisible zipper, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I did do a practice run with the invisible zipper in the sewing class I took about 4 years ago, but it was just done on scraps of fabric. Since then, this was the first time I actually work with an invisible zipper (and only the second time that I work with a zipper in general). And to add to it, this dress had a lining! That’s new territory for me: invisible zipper with lining. I did have to re-read quite a few times the part on how to sew the lining to the zipper after sewing it onto the dress. It wasn’t my best work, but definitely not my worst.
In the end, I’m just glad I did decide to take on the challenge. If I ever do decide to work with this pattern again, I’ll be more prepared.
After much distress over that major flaw and finally getting over it (well, somewhat getting over it), I’m proud of my patchwork dress… flaws and all! And it looking retro is a bonus! Old looking is always good in my book! :D
Oh… and doesn’t Susu’s new haircut look great!