Pattern: Vogue Patterns American Designer, Kay Unger New York #V1353
I almost put the title as The Wedding Dress Challenge, but changed it because I didn’t want people to think I was getting married, or worse yet attempting to make a wedding dress! Eeeps! A friend of mine is getting married on 4th of July weekend and I thought it would fun to wear something of my own creation. I may be eating my words later. But I feel like I have enough time to complete this task. Plus I’ve had this pattern that I’ve been dying to try and some lovely material I bought many months ago that is just itching to be used.
I know, it looks pretty complicated. But the rating says “easy” so I have some confidence in this project.
I had hoped to do some cutting on this today, but my day just got in the way. So check back to see my progress as I attempt my first special occasion dress.
Something Old: This pattern has been sitting in my collection for about 9 months, which is not too old, but older than other patterns I have.
Something New: It calls for an invisible zipper! I’ve never worked with one before and it looks like I need to use a special foot for it.
Something Borrowed: Technically I am borrowing my mom’s old sewing machine (only 10 years old), since she just bought a brand new one.
Something Blue: I think there is some navy blue in there somewhere.
I also need to get about 2 yards of lining material, which means another trip to the fabric store (hooray!). The material design kind of reminds me of a water color painting, which I think will look nice as a wedding dress. As in dress for wedding….you get the idea.
Okay! I will keep you updated on the progress as I go. Wish me luck!
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Keep this going please, great job!
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Looks great! I love the pattern; I may have to seek out one of my own 🙂
I think it is going to be beautiful, just look at that fabric!
That is an attractive pattern and I believe that the fabric is lovely. Please make some more blog posts about your progress and challenges. I look forward to the outcome.
Thank you! I fell in love with this fabric the moment I saw it. I will definitely post my progress as I go!
I will be watching for it.
your fabric looks beautiful! You’ll be fine with the invisible zipper, just have a practice with basting stitches before. I’m going fabric shopping tomorrow! I think I get more excited when buying fabric than anything else!
Yes, basting! I need to do that more often. I used to absolutely dread basting, but have come to accept it. And I hear you on the fabric thing – it’s like an obsession. I have to go to the store and get 2 yrds of lining material, but I know I am going to come back with 4 different things. LOVE fabric shopping.
Love the pattern. Looks pretty easy. Just the pleating (easy) and the zipper (after a bit of practice the zipper will be easy too!) Can’t wait to follow your progress on this.
Yeah, the zipper worries me more than the pleating. But I think I will get the hang of it. I’ve gotten better at regular zippers and I’m getting really good at taking stitches out and doing stuff over again!