A few weeks ago I asked those of you who follow me on Facebook to tell me what you were most interested in learning about: sewing, jewelry making, photography, or knitting. It was a pretty close race but sewing won out with photography being second in line. With this new found knowledge of what you ladies wanted to learn I thought it would be fun to do a four week project where we sew a dress from scratch! I knew I needed some help with this idea so I contacted the folks at Craftsy, my favorite online destination for learning, and we thought the Inside Vogue Patterns: Tracy Reese Dress was the perfect project. And the best news is they kindly offered a 50% discount for 1 week only! Of course I took them up on it.
This dress is the elegant combination of retro and modern. It has a few interesting details such as the bow at the center back, a deep V back, and a crinoline! I also think this shape of dress, with the boatneck opening and a-line skirt is flattering on most figures. I plan on making this dress in a simple cotton because it is easy to work with and will give a more casual vibe than if I picked a silk or satin. I have been cleaning out my closet and realized I have plenty of party dresses but not enough everyday frocks. A cotton dress will be the perfection addition to my otherwise fancy wardrobe.
I really appreciate how versatile this pattern is. If you look at the dresses above, they were all made using this pattern! I can’t decide which one is my favorite but it is in between the floral and the chevron stripe.
When I was in college my major was costume design, so that is where I learned how to sew. With the exception of the Craftsy dress I attempted to make last year, I am somewhat out of practice. I have a major personality flaw when it comes to sewing, which is I have the patience of a fruit fly. I want the dress to be done immediately and have a bad habit of rushing through the process. So I thought to counteract my initial instinct of going as fast as possible, I would take four weeks to carefully create this lovely frock. I am hoping that those of you who were interested in sewing will follow along with me and sew the dress as well. Then at the end of the month we will all have a gorgeous new dress and we can share our creations with one another on Instagram or Facebook! How fun will that be!
Even though the dress itself is fairly basic, there are a few things I am worried about. First of all, the deep V is beautiful but you can’t wear a regular bra with it. So I would like to change the pattern so my bra isn’t showing. This is one of the benefits of Craftsy because there are a plethora of women who are much better and more experienced sewers than I am who will answer any question you or I might have on how to accomplish this.
I am also nervous about creating the buttonholes for the back sash because I have never done that before, as well as making the crinoline to go underneath the dress. I have already watched most of the videos on how to make the dress and the good news is the teacher suggested using tulle for the petticoat because you don’t have to hem it. This was a huge weight off my shoulders because that little hem looks challenging! This is yet another great thing about taking a class on Craftsy- they have wonderful advice for those of us who aren’t quite ready for some of the more difficult tasks.
After watching the videos, I believe this is not a class for the novice beginner. I would say this is for those of you who have made a dress before, have already sewn an invisible zipper, and preferably have used the buttonhole attachment on your sewing machine.
So what do you ladies think? Do you want to make a dress? Yay! All you need to do is click HERE to sign up for the Craftsy Inside Vogue Patterns: Tracey Reese V1397 and then they will send you the pattern in the mail.
Here is what I was thinking for the four week schedule:
- Week 1: Bodice
- Week 2: Setting the sleeve and sewing the skirt
- Week 3: Petticoat
- Week 4: Attaching the skirt to the bodice and adding the zipper. Hemming.
Here is your assignment for the week:
2. While waiting for the pattern to come in the mail, purchase your materials. Here is what you will need. For reference, I will be making a size 14 and I am normally a size 6-8.
3. Start watching the Craftsy videos. You will see they are quite excellent and will totally familiarize you with what you need to do to sew the bodice.
4. Once the pattern comes, sew up the bodice. If you have any questions feel free to ask the wonderful people at Craftsy.
Then we will meet back up here on Tuesday, September 30th and I will share with you my experience and you can let me know how you are doing in the comments. If you wish to share any of your progress before then, just use the hashtag #TGHDress.
Are you in? Let’s make a dress!
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