This dress was mostly a breeze. I spent very little time with my bud Mr. Seam Ripper. Even tailoring it wasn't so difficult. I machine basted it once, too loose. I pulled out the stitches. Rebasted it. And voila! I feel this dress has a nice drape, while at the same time skimming the waist. I didn't over-tailor it, like I did with the last one. Yippee! ; - )
I did struggle a tad with the sleeves. When I initially sewed them, I discovered that they were significantly too large around my arms. I had to pull out the stitching and bring them in about 1 inch. That did the trick, and I was pleased with the fit.
Hemming was also a lot easier, because I used the bias tape method of encasing the hem. I used angry chicken's great video tutorial to guide me: (http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/03/bias-tape-tutor.html). I want to thank Fairevergreen for recommending that method. I think my hem turned out much smoother. I'd also like to try the rolled hem method that a few of you recommended. I just haven't had time to research which type of rolled hem foot to get. I'll have to order one online, as local fabric stores didn't carry the appropriate one.
(above)Of course, I did have one major snafu. What kind of project would this be without one? Well, it probably wouldn't be one of my projects!
Now, remember that I said that I was omitting the pockets originally. Well, that didn't work out so well. I took one look at the dress and thought, "Okay, this is alright, but something's off." I asked my husband his opinion, and we both concluded that the dress just looked like one big sea of red without the pockets there to break it up. So, even though I had a meeting with my local Congressman the next morning (I'm a volunteer for a non-profit called RESULTS), I decided at 10pm the night before to throw the pockets together.
What crime was I guilty of? The crime of sewing while exhausted. I had spent hours and hours sewing that day, and I was t-i-r-e-d. Now, I've committed the crime of sewing while exhausted before, but this was especially exacerbating, since I had to get up in the morning (I work at home and usually roll out of bed whenever I feel like it).
Okay, so the pockets aren't terrible, but I'll admit that they would have turned out a little neater if I had taken more time and if my eyes weren't so crusty and all. One pocket is a little larger than the other, and the distance each is from the center seam isn't quite the same. There's also a little pulling at the area where I sewed on the pockets. I could have re-done them, but I'll admit, I was too lazy and exhausted for any re-dos.
Also, I struggle whenever a pattern asks me to sew the raw edge of a curved seam 1/4 inch (or what have you). I struggle with curves as it is. It doesn't help to add a very small edge to the equation. Anyone know of a foot that would help with this? Perhaps a rolled hem foot?
Overall, I like the result. I think it's a cross between 60's stewardess and Star Trek crew member. Both are fun retro looks in my book! When I wore this at Dragon Con, someone did ask if it was a Star Trek costume. I thought about being a Star Trek crew member for Halloween, but I have my heart set on Barbarella.
Happy sewing adventures!