6 months before our annual Church conference, I challenged myself to make all of my outfits for that week. I actually did it the year before, but it was actually unintentional. At that time, I had been sewing consistently for 2 years at that time and when it came time to organize myself for packing I realized that all of my clothes with the exception of 1 were made by me. So I took on the challenge of making that last outfit to complete my quest.
I first spotted the inspiration dress on Facebook almost a year before making. I loved it so that I had a screenshot of it in my phone as a future goal. To this day, I have no idea where that original picture came from to give it props. It was love at first site! I had saved in the back of my mind as Project - "GOALS". Seeing a dress like this did not seem do-able for a somewhat advanced novice such as myself.
I then saw (months later) one of my Sew Sistas, Je'Tua Amos, posted a remake of the dress and I re-fell in love and had to challenge myself to make one for myself. I figured, if she could do it, so can I.
At first I was afraid to tackle what looked like a tough project and above level of expertise, but then I decided to step out of the box and tackle it. For the top, I used the Simplicity pattern 1420 for the top then self drafted a pleated maxi to attach as the bottom. I was concerned that after completing the top and skirt separately that they wouldn't match equally and I would have to undo and restart. Luckily that was not the case. The hardest part for me was actually the invisible zipper and drafting the length. Zippers have always been a challenge for me in the past so I had to watch a few videos to get me through it and viola'!!!
Below the dress on the left is the original version that I spotted and the dress in the middle is from my beautiful Sew Sista, Je'Tua, You can find her blog and version here Roberts Wife, then there's me on the far right .
The only thing I think that I would change in this pattern is the sleeves. I would have liked for them to be a bit longer. However, I've always been taught, when you do it the first time, follow the pattern exactly, when you do it a second time, change it up according to you skill. I loved this dress so much (and the responses) that yes, I will make this a redo and add my little adjustments to it.
Here's Je'Tua in her completed dress. She added lace to hers which gave it an elegant touch.
and here's me and my copycat version.
What do you think???
Denim is life!