Okay, my newest dress is totally awesome! So modest, right? ;P"I am a girl who likes a challenge and I love excitement!" Is something some other girl might say. I however, hate roller coasters favoring spinning rides that don't make me feel like I am plummeting to my death. I read the end of books before I am finished with them so that I can be sure that I will like where things are going before I commit. Not a big adrenalin junkie over here. I like to feel comfortable and safe.
So to the surprise of no one, I'm not too interested in challenging myself when it comes to sewing either. I like to attempt projects that I can finish in a day and that I feel pretty confident are going to come out looking pretty close to how I see them in my head. I am not a perfectionist by any means, but I get easily frustrated if a sewing project gets too hard. That is basically why I stoped sewing for so many years! I couldn't stand to not be instantly awesome at it.
However, I recognize that this dislike I have for pushing myself isn't my most endearing quality, nor does it promote personal growth which I do value quite highly.
SO- I drove on the freeway for the first time in years last week and lived (yay!) AND I decided to try my first intermediate sewing pattern.
It took more than a few days to get this puppy looking like more than scraps of fabric being sewn together randomly, but I am so proud of myself for sticking with it, even after I made some pretty hefty mistakes that seemed impossible to fix.
Introducing my first Chantilly! keep in mind, these are not Glamour Shots of me- no makeup and no shower for me yesterday (when I got my husband to take them), but I was too excited to wait to show this dress off!
|"Hidden" side zipper.|
Despite the fact that I made a ton of mistakes throughout the process, I think that it turned out great! I won't go into all of the mistake I made because that would take too long, but every mistake became a challenge I put in front of myself and I concurred them all! I had to be pretty creative a few times, but it taught me a lot about how to adjust without giving up. Yay-growth! I am especially pleased with the fit of this dress, since that is one thing that can go horribly wrong in even a project that you have completed many times before.
I used some old green fabric with tiny white flowers that I had saved from high school for the shell, and used some grey fabric with tiny white flowers that my friend Rachel Browne gave me from her stash last time I visited her.
|The inside of the dress.|
Since this dress is fully lined, I think that the next time I attempt it I am going to make it reversible. Wouldn't that be cool? The way the pattern is constructed, it is possible to make the inside of this dress as lovely as the outside. I already can't wait to make it again, even though I am already a little bit grumpy about the amount of time it will take me. What can I say? Laziness runs deep!