As the title says, this is indeed my very first dress. The pattern is Simplicity 1537, and I originally purchased this about a year ago with the idea of making a full length dress out of funky fabric to wear to our local Renaissance Faire. You know...cause that's a great first project, right? *eyeroll*
I won't go into the debacle in detail, but in short: I chose a fabric that likely wouldn't have worked for that purpose anyway, goofed up tracing the original pattern, decided to make a full length circle skirt, screwed the waist up by cutting it too small, cut new pattern pieces out of this gigantic skirt that didn't fit, pulled the zipper I had thrown away OUT of the garbage...cleaned the ketchup off of it ...and reattached it, and made myself a regular old knee-length skirt.
*Whew!* Yep, that's actually minus the detail! After all that, I'm shocked I ever looked at my sewing machine again. Somewhere in my brain, I must have really loved the process. The frustration I felt ~ and there was a-plenty ~ was always temporary. I would just mumble a couple of carefully chosen swear words and move on to the next bit of problem solving.
I share all this because I want to make it very clear that I didn't just pick up a pattern, fabric, and knock out my very humble Dress #1. I wish!
It took about a year, the reading of sewing blogs and watching tutorials, and the sewing of a few simple skirts before I found myself ready to tackle something bigger.
In the interest of keeping things short and snappy, I will share some details and products in the next blog post. My fabric choice ended up being a good one. The interfacing? Not so much. And I think I'm going to need pinking shears because my seams are really quite scary.
By the way...the skirt with the ketchup-smeared zipper? I love it. :o)