I follow Christine Haynes on Bloglovin' and Instagram but this is the first time I've sewn one of her patterns. I like anything with a gathered skirt and big pocket bags, and the very simple neckline seemed like it would be good for every day wear.
When I put the zipper in and tried it on it was way too big. I did French seams throughout the dress and felt my only viable option at that point was to take off fabric at the center back. I probably removed a good 2 inches off each side of the back.
I guess I stretched the neckline when I was working or maybe when I was handsewing the binding. I staystitched but it appears that didn't work.
Do you see the little ledge that sits above the waistband? I believe that's from when I graded the from the 6 to the 8. Fixing it would have involved a lot of unpicking that I wasn't sure I would be able to put back together correctly. You can also see how loose it is in the back.
Do you like my gathers?! I used the dental floss method (sewing a long zig zag stitch over a strand of dental floss and then pulling it to gather). I don't know why it works. All I know is that it was quick and easy and I'm always doing it.
Last year I was more interested in summer sewing. This year I'm more interested in fall/winter sewing. Even taking the summer pictures felt like, "Let's get this done as quick as possible and go back home" but I find myself looking around town for photo venues for winter plans.