Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Laurel Sew Along Contest!

I'm trying to fit in a little more sewing for me. Actually, I'm trying to fit in a little more sewing period, so I have decided to participate in another sew-along like I did with the Anna Tunic and Made By Rae's spring top sew along.

This time, it's a specific pattern that everyone who participates will be making.

The Laurel Dress




It's a simple (ha!) shift dress with an invisible zipper and darts! Yikes. I've done an invisible zipper once before in a skirt, but that was in a class where I had someone there to show me how. Hopefully You Tube videos will be able to help me out if I get stuck. I've never done darts before, but the pattern instructions are pretty clear on that. I think a sleeveless version might be in order here.

The sew-along has some amazing prizes too! You can check out all the details here: The Laurel Sewing Contest

I have to carefully map out my steps and give myself some mini deadlines to get it done in time.

By April 1:

  • Print the pattern and put it together
  • Trace my size
  • Make a muslin (I've never done this before, but I'd like to get the fit right on this one)
  • Select my fabric (soooo many possibilities, there's some fabric paralysis going on right now)
By April 5:
  • Buy invisible zipper
  • Cut pieces out of my good fabric
By April 12:
  • Make bias tape 
  • Begin constriction
By April 19:
  • Finish construction
  • Try it on and take photos
  • Enter it in the contest :) 
This schedule has a lot of leeway in it for good reason. There is never enough time to do much on weekday evenings. I should be back before Friday with some ideas and inspiration for my dress. 
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