It all started quite innocently last year. It was summer, I wanted a dress, but I wasn’t feeling any of my dress patterns. I was feeling my TNT, McCall’s M6078, because it’s the easiest, most fabric economical pattern ever. Dead easy. No zippers, buttons, nada. So I pulled it out.
Normally, when you think of converting a top to a dress pattern, you simply lengthen and widen the hem. But that doesn’t really work with M6078. Instead, I hacked the top and whacked it onto my self-drafted knit pencil skirt pattern:
And that was it! I am pretty bad about truing the waistline seams for accuracy, but this one turned out well enough. I simply cut and sewed top and bottom and then joined them at the waist, where I made a waist casing. Out of curiosity, I top stitched the casing toward the skirt. UGH! Never do this. It feels weird and makes the dress hit weird on your body. But hey, that’s what I wanted to find out — why instructions always say to topstitch the casing toward the bodice.
I actually shot this dress last year, but I re-shot it this year in an attempt to follow along with the Better Photos Project. I gotta say, all this info about taking better photos is really helpful! But it’s also paralyzing, for me personally. I feel like if my photos are not razor sharp, crystal clear, and beautifully located, I shouldn’t take any. Which makes it impossible to share all the sewing I’ve been doing with all of you!!
But it so happened that I got the house to myself just as I was screwing up my nerve to take outdoor photos. And by screwing up my nerve, I mean futzing around with my camera bag, chock full of anxiety.
Finally, I said to heck with it! An empty house and a sunny window would have to suffice. I know these photos are not better or even that great, but you can see what I made and that’s the most important thing.
Frankly, I’m not comfortable taking photos outside. Here and there I’ll try taking photos outdoors, but in the interest in sharing I think I’ll just give you all what I can! Even if it’s indoors and my lens sucks. :-p