It's been a while, but I've been sewing like mad and have finally managed to get some pics to show off!
Remember when I said I'd be making a copycat? Well, it's done! Overall I'm very happy with it, but there are a few things I would change (which I'll get into in a moment).
Don't feel like clicking the link? Well, let's refresh your memory, shall we?
Long story short, Pin Up Girl Clothing is selling some super pretty dresses, and I decided to make one for myself. Example of said pretty dresses:
How cute is that?
Anyhoo, I've had this super fun fabric in my stash for a while, waiting for just the right project, and a summer dress was just the ticket!
It's just simple quilting cotton (snore, right?), but cotton is just so perfect for the upcoming hot temperatures.
So one rainy Saturday later I ended up with a dress!
I used McCalls M6646 and tweaked it just a little bit. The first thing I did was lengthen the bodice by 1". Next time I think 1/2" would be enough. I also made the neckline a little less sweetheart, but looking at the finished garment makes me wish I hadn't. This is why I should have made a muslin..... Live and learn, right?
The next change I made was to the skirt. The Pin Up Girl dress has a gathered skirt, which I think adds too much bulk for my taste, so I went with the circle skirt in the pattern. I took some of the fullness out, mainly just so I could fit it into the amount of fabric I had on hand. It's somewhere in between a 3/4 circle and full circle. I've already learned that this dress and a windy day are not the best of friends....too many Marilyn moments for my taste.
All in all, I'm very happy with this dress and am sure I'll end up with at least one more in my closet very soon!