This summer I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to make perfectly fitted bombshell dresses using Gertie’s Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dresses class. This post marks its completion.
After posting every week about my progress on this dress, I’m not sure what more to really say about it. The good: I like the color and that it has dragons on the inside, I like that it really does makes me feel like a bombshell, and I like that I learned so much during the process.
The bad: despite going into this class with the anticipation of making a “perfectly fitted bombshell dress”, the fit isn’t perfect. I wouldn’t blame the class or the instructor though. I’ve never attempted anything like this dress, and I think my skills were too novice to pull off “perfect”. As notes to a future me attempting this pattern again, next time take out just a little bit of the length that you added to the bodice. I overcompensated for my long waist just a wee bit too much, and I think it led to the horizontal wrinkles in the bodice. (It’s taken all of my willpower not to rip the skirt off the bodice and resew it just a bit higher.) Next time fit the cups using a dress form that’s been padded out to match yourself (or, better yet, make yourself one of these – for some reason I think they’re so cool!). The cups work as is, but they could also use a tad bit more fabric. Next time add just a little bit to the side seams to account for the multiple layers of fabric and bones that will be in the final dress. And, next time make sure the bones actually go from the bottom seam to the top seam. No more eyeballing when cutting the spiral steel boning! (Also, think about perhaps interlining your lining, so that you can make channels for the bones by stitching together the two fabrics.)
And, though I’m a big fan of Clint, there’s thankfully no ugly to speak of. In fact, there’s even more good! A close up of my favorite part, the skirt draping:
And, a view of the back:
I’m thrilled I made it through my first Craftsy class, and I now have my very own handmade bombshell dress. Thank you, Gertie!
Though the bombshell dress might be finished, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to sewing well. I plan to continue my Tuesday with Gertie series, only now I’ll be working my way through Gertie’s second Craftsy class, Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket. I’m going to start a bit more slowly than Gertie does since I want to make a muslin and Gertie moves pretty quickly into cutting the fashion fabric. This first coming week will be a baby step: print and tape together the pattern.
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Update: I always forget to mention that a garment was part of my SWAP. This dress was actually completed item number nine.