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May 7, 2011

WHAT IS THAT SMELL....

...you've experienced that smell before - I know you have - it's coming from the sewing room, or where ever you have your sewing area set up.  But what exactly is that smell???  I know what it is, I'm familiar with it...IT'S THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS!  The success that comes from a pattern that delivers exactly what it promised; the exuberant feeling produced by a quick, easy to fit project.  This smell is especially welcoming immediately after your last dreaded wadder.  Can I get an amen!

Vogue 8724 is just that - a quick, easy to fit sewing project.  I chose to go down a size in the bodice area of the dress, so I made a 16 instead of the 18 that my measurement dictated for that area; then I transitioned to a 18 for the waist and hip areas.  Was I scared to do this without first making a muslin?  Yes, I was.  But this time I was correct in doing so.  If I don't get the bodice (shoulder, bust) area of a dress correct it ends up swallowing me - resulting in my having to add tucks or pleats in the back trying to compensate so I can get some wear from the garment.

Here's the dress - it's a (always late as usual) Mother's Day Gift.
Told you you'd see this fabric again.  Me trying on my Mom's dress.

Front

Back

WILL I MAKE THIS PATTERN AGAIN?  Yes, I will.  Now I've got to have one for myself.
DO I RECOMMEND THE PATTERN TO OTHERS?  Yes, I do.
TIPS IN USING THE PATTERN:  I used Steam-A-Seam Lite to hem and turn the armhole area under. (SNUGBUG did a SAS tutorial earlier this week).  It's a real time saver and gives a nice hem without wavyness, pick up a box at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns.
SEWING WITH KNITS TIP:  Increasing pressure foot tension just a notch, and change the throat plate to the one with the small hole.

WHAT ABOUT THIS FOR A NON-TRADITIONAL SEWING NOTION:

It's an Orange Wood Stick; I use it as a stiletto to guide my fabric on the sewing machine or the serger.
 Happy Mother's Day to one and all...

24 comments:

  1. Your dress looks fantastic. Success is so sweet.

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  2. Beautiful dress. Your mom is going to love it. You have to make one for yourself now!

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  3. Beautiful dress Faye! What a great gift to your mom!

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  4. That is a fantastic dress! You look like you lost weight. Did you? or is it just the fit of the dress?

    Anyway, the dress is great, and thanks for the tip about steam-a-seam. It's new to me.

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  5. How lovely to have a super successful pattern when you are making a gift. I hope the next one is for you.

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  6. I smell it too... all the way over hear, your success dress. It looks great and your mom is going to love it.

    I love steam-a-seam.. its the wonder tool for armholes, necklines & hems.

    Happy Mother's Day.

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  7. Gorgeous dress. I love the colors and the design.

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  8. Ooh the smell of success! I love the dress. You just have to make one for yourself. Maybe more than one!

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  9. Totally gorgeous dress. I adore the fabric. I can smell your success all the way here in Texas. Happy Mother's Day.

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  10. Your version is much better than the pattern envelope'd rendering. Happy Mother's Day!

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  11. What a stylish present for your mother - the best kind of gift! I really love the print on this fabric.

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  12. Your dress is gorgeous and the fit is perfect on you. You will definitely have to make one for yourself.
    Your Mom will love this dress :))

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  13. I love it when things go well! Your mom is gonna love this.

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  14. Beautiful dress, definitely a huge success! I love that fabulous fabric!

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  15. What a gorgeous dress Faye! I really love the fit you got on this one, it compliments your body perfectly!

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  16. Amen! Happy Mom's Day. Love the fabulous print on your mom's dress. So nice to learn and use new techniques to give a professional finish. Can't wait to see yours!

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  17. Oo-la-la! Gorgeous! Love the tool tip, too!

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  18. That success smell is great - fab dress... your Mum is very lucky!

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  19. WHat a great dress! And what a great smell to emerge from the sewing room!

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  20. Great dress! That fabric is perfect for it! I might just have to hunt up that pattern. I'm always looking for a new dress.

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  21. That is an amazing dress! So perfect for summer!

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  22. Lovely dress and such a pretty color and print!

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  23. love,love, love this dress,it looks great on you.

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