Well, I have finished my dress project and frankly I am pretty darn proud of myself. Sure, it doesn't look anywhere near perfect, but I think it's as good as it gets (without me screaming at the dress and ending up hating it) and I figure my next project will look better (practice makes perfect right?). I had to finish it on my other machine as my seafoam machine is still jammed (I think I'm going to have to take it to a shop to be repaired).
This first picture makes the dress look better than it really is: This dress is definitely too big, I have lost a lot of weight since I actually started this dress (months and months ago, I only just posted about it recently because I didn't have the time to earlier). I figure 10 pounds ago this dress would have looked quite a bit better on me. I took it in as much as I could though, I really thought it would be enough. I probably should have taken everything apart and recut it, oh well. I need to work on my darting, some of them are okay, others, not as good. I think it was because I was trying to take in too much with the darts.
Here you can see some of my dart issues: Also, my zipper is absolutely horrible, terrible, awful looking. This also needs work. Some of it looks alright, but other parts are really bad. Afterwards I thought I probably shouldn't have followed the instructions in the pattern and just done it my own way. I really think I could have done a better job, but The dress already wasn't going to fit that well and I just didn't want to rip the whole thing apart again. I broke a needle trying to do the zipper and it flung up into my face, made me not a happy camper. I actually like the dress though, even with the zipper and fitting issues. I would wear it out of the house, I'm just that proud of the dress. My husband said "it looks homemade," I'm not really sure if that's an insult or not, but oh well, I mean, it actually is homemade (or should I say handmade?).
The picture above show how the dress actually looks. A little off (the hem wasn't quite done when I took this, it's now fixed, but you can really see the fit and sewing issues here).
I was going to try and make a matching belt for this dress, but after looking at the results I don't think that I will. I'll just use one of the black ones that I already own if I want to belt it.
I feel that I learnt quite a bit from this project, especially since the second half went together a bit easier than the first. I'm feeling pretty confident about trying something else, I haven't decided what just yet but I won't have a chance to start on anything else until September, so stay tuned.