Last minute Megans

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.

I got a good fit over the hips though, I even widened the darts across the back to prevent the sway-back excess fabric…

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.

Let’s just ignore that stray thread.

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.


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