Confession time: Animal Crossing was released on Saturday and it has completed killed off my sewing mojo. I am now too busy hanging out with my animal buddies while making sure there are enough plants in my virtual town to ensure a 100% mayor approval rating. Like, i’ve been sewing a Sorbetto for days now, and most people seem to agree that top only takes 3 hours from cutting to completion. My productivity is so low. I’m sorry guys. I know I really should be maintaining a 100% blog approval rating, but Animal Crossing happened.
Anyway, remember when I said I finished my dress from ‘Feminine Wardrobe‘ by Jinko Matsumoto?
Winter has just started where I live, it’s flippin’ freeeezing as I speak… and I made a sundress. Haha, i’m so backwards. Maybe I subconsciously want it to be warmer?
It’s dress ‘E2’ – ‘Hankerchief Hem Sundress’. Fun story: my mum hates this dress. She thinks it looks like a tablecloth and was a little disturbed by me going out in the dress. Pfffffft.
I had originally cut the polka dot fabric for the bodice lining, but then I decided to use it for the outside to break up the stripes a bit. It used to be a skirt that didn’t fit me well. Hooray for reusing stuff! It also kind of looks lke I sewed the bodice backwards though because I used the skirt fabric to line the bodice.
Word of warning: never press blue water soluble pens. They don’t come out of the fabric if you do :(.
Let’s talk about this finished dress. First off, it’s reaaaally roomy in the bodice. It’s supposed to be as evident in both the sample and line sketches of the dress in the book, but it may take some getting used to if you’re used to darts and fitted fabric. The roomy bodice is actually comfy though: it doesn’t feel like anything is going to slip or fall off.
Sewing this was pretty easy and only took a few hours. The directions in the book are not super-duper clear though – like sometimes they’ll just say ‘finish blah’ and you’re like ‘how do I finish blah exactly?’. If you have some sewing experience you’ll be able to figure it out, but if you’re a beginner you may struggle, especially with sewing the bodice lining.
Overall I really like this dress and i’m probably going to make another one even if my mum thinks it’s a big tablecloth. “I just really want to chop off the sides!” she keeps saying to me.