The sheath dress fit-along has come to a close. If you are on my YouTube channel and are part of my IRL fashion sewing group, you are well aware of all the work and fun that has been had in completing this dress. I did a complete fitting tutorial and multiple instructional videos on changing the necklines, adjusting the pattern and working your way through fitting the dress. This all began last summer (2015) with the white shirt, then the pencil skirt, then the denim jacket. I wanted to thank all of you for continuing to follow along with this “one-woman” shop. I have been through a few ups and downs on the road to bring you these tutorials, and have tripped up a few times. But each time I have reached out to you via social media, you have not let me down. My list of to-dos, and in-completes is really long, as long as my heart is big, for sharing. My husband is probably the most patient man in the world. He knows how passionate I am about sewing and doesn’t complain. Am I a “Stedford” wife? I would say not! Because if I were, you all would not see very much of me at all….here’s to my husband for his kindness, love and unwavering patience!!
The fabric was provided by Sew Much Fabric in support of my idea to bring to you this Sew-To-Fit Along.” Of course we all need a great fitting basic sheath dress. I sure needed a new one in my wardrobe, but breaking down and making one took some work from me, and of course some prodding and direction from my great Wardrobe Consultant, Roz Ghaither, the owner and operator of Sew Much Fabric. I’m not all sappy about her y’all, I just love working with people who put customer service at the top of the list. I’m a sucker for good customer service. I named this post “I Am Not a Stedford Wife!!” because that is the mold I felt I was being forced into when told to “stick to the basics”. EWWWW!!!
A great deal of participation, help and support came from my fun loving loyal fans and followers over on periscope for this endeavor. I know YOU ALL are very loyal and very supportive of every single thing I do. However, I must admit these ladies help me with my to-do list, and are constant reminder “bells” to keep me focused and on track. That live connection is just so gratifying for me and really motivates the creative genius that I am. As I prepared for this photo session, I asked myself: “Can I vamp this dress up a little.” …it just reminded me so much of my “corporate” days. I almost felt like I should have splashed a little paint on the front. Then I decided to do a little Peri-photoshoot and get help from my live viewers. They encouraged the pie plate and bowl ensemble. I loved every thing about this shoot. Even the relation to the elusive “Stepford Wife” icon.
My granddaughter was the stylist in all this to make sure I had to right shoes and jewelry for the shoot. You know how it is when you prepare to go somewhere…it is easy to get dressed and prepped. However, doing a photoshoot takes practice and skill. This area is not my strong suit, so I seek help wherever I can find it, even if it means trusting my “Mini-Me.”
The apron will be reviewed more in a later post. It has its own story to tell. WendybyDesign was the one to host an apron Sew-Along back in December that got me to sew this one. I love it. Thanks Wendy.
- Pattern is Vogue 9025, size 14
- Alterations: FBA, Broad back, waist lengthened, Armhole made smaller, hips adjusted for larger rear end.
- Zipper excluded because fabric stretches so well.
- Lined completely
- Lowered and reshaped the neckline- video here.
- many more…..
- I don’t mean to send you on a wild goose chase. It’s just easier at this point to direct you if you have questions, rather than go into trying to determine what might be a good topic to discuss with the dress fitting and pattern work.
Thanks for understanding. Much appreciation to you all!!!! Please enjoy the pictures!!