11401428_10153303744324854_9039058975938637266_nThis is a hard post for me to write.  I loved making this dress, both because I adore the recipient and because it was a complex and challenging pattern.  However, there were some issues with the final result which broke my heart.  Unfortunately I had waited until the last minute to finish the dress and so we didn’t have time to fix the issues, instead simply pinning to overcome them.  I’m just so sad about it, I’ve procrastinated writing up the blog post on it. Anyway, here goes:

I came across the Butterick B5930 pattern, which just screamed SHERI. Sheri agreed! She picked out this delightful fabric: sheri's fabric

10450744_10153314553239854_7546217300891540272_n1607071_10153335920619854_9023904762461252737_nOne of the first issues I had was that I told Sheri to order the incorrect amount of fabric.  After washing and drying the fabric, ironing both the fabric and the pattern pieces, then cutting out the pattern pieces and placing them on the fabric, I unfortunately realized my mistake.  I had to order additional fabric, and then I had to wait for it to arrive.

Once it arrived I washed and dried it, ironed it and then finished pinning the remaining pattern pieces.  All of these were then cut out, and the process was repeated with the lining fabric.  I chose a lightweight lining fabric because this was dead of summer in South Carolina, a hot and sticky prospect on a good day.  And Sheri was doing outdoor family portraits with this dress, so the lighter, the better.

 

 

 

 

So, a long story just a bit longer, the pattern was pretty complicated.  There were several instances where I had to reread the instructions multiple times and still ended up confused.

Needless to say, there was A LOT of this handy old friend: 11667465_10153344502184854_4563662979452439546_n

Hello Seam Ripper!

Also, because I was rushing so much, I made a couple of clumsy errors.  We won’t talk about those! Haha

But the pieces started to come together:

 

 

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11540932_10153348577204854_4996084954764884988_nHere Sheri is trying it on before I hemmed the skirt.  I love the way it falls off her shoulders here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And her is the final result, I believe with the back pinned.

11659252_10153348921499854_1616220119428397431_nLove the belt and shoes.  I wish I had pics from the photo shoot. Should have thought about that when she showed them to me.

In the end I think the dress looked great, but we still need to go back and fix the issue which required pinning.

I do feel like I let Sheri down in a huge way. I hope she lets me sew for her again some day!

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