Oh my it’s been FAR to long! My last entry was the beginning of July and I haven’t been at my sewing table since (I did try to sew at one point, but it was much too hot so I didn’t get far at all.)
For those that don’t know, K and I are expecting our first baby! This has been part of the reason I haven’t blogged or been sewing; it’s too hot out for me to do much and I was exhausted for my first trimester. Now in my second trimester I am slightly less exhausted, but still way to warm, and busy making room for the baby.
I’m hoping to start sewing again once my “sewing room” is no longer holding all the stuff we moved out of the nursery room to sell at the garage sale this weekend or unpack later to store in the “sewing room”.
In the meantime I guess I should blog my Date Night dress! I bought the pattern a while back from Spool of Thread in paper form and picked up some beautiful cotton silk at Fabricland for 50% off for the dress and a simple black cotton fabric for the slip. One thing I learned from using silk is that..I don’t like working with silk. haha.
After fiddling with a muslin version, I ended up having to buy a digital copy (which is kind of better since I can print as I want and not worry about storing a thin paper pattern) to make the final dress.
At the point of starting this dress I had two things in mind; wearing it to both K’s baby sister’s wedding in July along with his best friend’s wedding in August and that I wanted it to be flowy, not clingy. I decided to make the top L and the bottom XL; at the time, we hadn’t found out I was pregnant and making the bottom XL would be perfect for the bump! I did find out shortly after the muslin was done though.
I somehow made some errors with the PDF, whether during the printing set-up process or the paper cutting process; I ended up with an XL neckline on an L top. During the cutting of the fabric I made the mistake of cutting two front pieces instead of a single front and back piece! Not realizing yet I had cut the neck too big and thinking it was L, I thought it would be fine and just add a cute touch with a low back neckline.
I continued with the dress, realized I hated working with silk, and a few weeks later (yes weeks!) got the hemming point of the dress which was pretty painful for the large sleeves when you can’t press silk like you can with other fabric!
I eventually got the dress done, minus the bottom hem, and went to try it on only to find out the two front necklines were WAY to big. It literally fell off my shoulders. GAH! Thanks to help from K, we worked through the issue and solved it by adding pleats in the back (see below); it made the top shoulder seams move back more and it still seems odd to me but it helped. The front neckline is still too large, but as long as I keep an eye on it to adjust, I can keep it looking flat.
With the July wedding only a day away, I literally came home from the family dinner the night before in Abbotsford to finish my dress and slip! Just in the nick of time I finished it for the wedding. Phew!
I wore it for the wedding in July when I was around 10w pregnant and luckily I wasn’t really showing at that point, plus the dress was flowy enough to hide any evidence. We ended up announcing the pregnancy to family the following week and then to everyone else after that.
The wedding in August was just this past weekend and the pregnancy had been announced so I didn’t have to worry about hiding it. I was worried the dress would be too short, but having made both the slip and dress skirt portions in XL, even with a growing bump I was able to get away without needing leggings! It was also flowy enough that my bump wasn’t as obvious as when I wear tank tops or my other dresses; I was worried about those who didn’t know finding out at the wedding as I didn’t want to pull focus from the happy couple.(In the end a number of people found out at the wedding reception anyways or hadn’t seen us since we announced but it wasn’t a big deal)
Notes for the next time I make this dress:
- No silk fabric.
- Double check printing scale and lines cutting to avoid cutting XL neckline.
- DON’T CUT TWO FRONT PIECES.
- Give more time to finish the dress than the night before an event (haha).