I may have mentioned in the past that I hate deadlines, from essays to getting to the airport on time… I get twitchy. So can I please ask you why I decided to leave it until the day before to start making this particular dress (sorry I wasn’t clear, I had been invited to a wedding and obviously needed to make a new dress). I mean, it’s not like I didn’t know months before that I was going, it’s not like I didn’t have the fabric bought and pre-washed a forthright before. But nope, I started cutting out on Friday night and the wedding was Saturday evening.
But I did it!
And let’s just put it out there, the light in my hallway was giving me a really glowing head cloud. So I have needed to darken the photos a bit, the hall really isn’t that dark or murky, but hey you work with what you’ve got am I right?
So back to the frock. This is the Megan dress by Tilly from her Love at a First Stitch book. It’s meant to look like this…
And I’m pleased to say that I pretty much pulled it off with some tweaking. I traced it as a 10 top and scaled out to 12 at the hips. It did need some taking in around the waist, I really haven’t got the hang of adjusting dresses yet.
Which I’m pretty smug about to be very honest. I really wasn’t sure about the sleeve proof though. As this is a pretty stiff stretch cotton they looked pretty awful, I think in a softer fabric it might be nice… but nope! Not in this one. So I brought down the arch of the sleeve and pleated rather than gathered and it really reduced the sleeve drama.
I’m not going to lie, this was a stressful dress to make, but it was made easier by some very smooth instructions. It was very easy to put together. I also liked that it was a shape I don’t usually go for. I’ve been a very strict fit’n’flare dress kind of person, but I really like the raised waist on this and the subtle a-line skirt. It’s also got cute little pleats under the bust rather than darts, which do get a bit lost in the pattern.
Oh yeah I’ve not even mentioned the fabric yet! This one is a bit of a star, it’s from eBay but it’s a really lovely quality and is a stretch cotton which actually has a decent stretch to it. Perfect for a snugly fitting dress, or it would have been if I hadn’t fully lined the dress too.
Yes I shall make another of these.