Project #9

Wahoo! Another finished dress! I’m always happy when I finish a project, but I’m even happier when it’s something I will love wearing. The Lilou dress presented me with new challenges and old ones. The bodice of the dress called for a lining. I think this is what kept me from sewing the dress for so long. It put the fear right in me. I’m so glad I overcame it! While making the dress I was able to see new improvements in my sewing. Not only did this project give me a pretty dress to wear (though it did turn out a bit big), it also gave me confidence and the ability to see the fruits of my hard work.

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So this lining I spoke of, isn’t she pretty? I’m not necessarily critiquing my sewing skills, it just looks really nice on the inside of the dress. It instantly gives the dress a more professional look, don’t you think? I wish the lining went throughout the whole dress, but I also know for this gal that probably would have been too much too soon.

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For the skirt I used the Clemence pattern attached to the bodice. I love the twirliness of it so much! Though I wanted to hurt that skirt a few times during the sewing process. It just did not want to gather for me. The thread insisted on coming out whenever I tried to gather it.. time after time after time. I finally pinned it to fit within the bodice and sewed away. It turned out pretty well even though I had to break some rules.

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My big YAY! moment with this project was finishing the seams. I had yet to properly finish any seams on any of my projects. I had attempted many times, but alas none of them looked right. As I slowly ran the seams through my machine and saw how they were turning out, I wanted to cry. Was this really happening? It was such a happy moment. I’m not sure how they look to a professional. For me they look like little beauties.

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After going to Birmingham Fashion week and now making this dress, I’ve got the design itch real bad. I made three different mood boards in just one day this week. Ah! If only I could start designing, but there’s still much to learn. For now I’ll continue enjoying my new found passion and being thankful for all the people who inspire and encourage me!

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Keep dreaming big!