Wednesday, December 26, 2007

My Christmas Dress

I actually finished it. Don't laugh at me, but the belt is from a satin robe. I needed 'something.' I got a lot of compliments on it. One of my daughter's friends said she never knew I had such nice legs (I live in jeans or longer skirts), but I disagree. My legs are my most hated feature--they are short and stumpy, LOL! This is why I will never, ever wear shorts, no matter how hot it gets.
I would make this dress again because it went together so easily, but I'd make some changes. A)I'd make it a half size smaller--just cutting between size 18 and size 16. If you sew, you'll know that pattern sizes are nothing like retail sizes. I'm certainly not an 18, or a 16. (Mostly I'm a 14, sometimes a 12.)
I'd also add at least an inch to the bottom. I could get away with something this short when I was 16 (and it does have a '70s' look to it, doesn't it?), but not at 51. Sitting gracefully in a short dress is a talent best left to the very young.
Actually, since I don't 'dress up' much, I might add something around the bottom of this to give it a little length, so I can wear it as a work dress.

BTW, I did finish the green blouse, which I wore Christmas day. I'll post about that on a future date.


Rebecca said...

You look lovely in that dress! You are a super speed sewer! I can't believe how much you always get done!

As for me, I have never made myself something-not because I haven't TRIED. First I started with a more complicated skirt pattern (didn't realize it was as complicated as it was) and then ended up messing up the zipper beyond repair. After that, I was really bothered. So much work I put into it-just to toss it out. Recently I began an apron that turned out SO BEAUTIFULLY but it doesn't cover my upperhalf like I wish it would. If you hate your legs (for no reason, mind you) I H.A.T.E, despise, resent and just wish away my chest. It is far too big for my body and actually makes my back hurt! AND-it makes aprons with smaller fronts look ridiculous.

Needless to say, sometime this week I will be putting my beloved apron in my Etsy shoppe. :-( WAAAAaaaaa!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Lovely dress on a lovely lady.

BittersweetPunkin said...

You did a great job!!! And YES you do have nice legs!! LOL