Saturday, June 9, 2007

Victory is Mine! (Adriana)

Today is World Wide Knit In Public day so naturally I'm showing you pictures of sewing (I did manage some token KIP at the gym).
Taking pictures of your sewing, I find, is different than knitting. With knitting I want to show off the decreases, the increases, the ribbing, etc. With sewing it feels like the overall effect is more important. Plus I really don't want to show off the details of this project. I haven't sewn a garment in well over a decade and I had a pretty steep learning curve with this dress. I had to rip out and resew some parts to make them right, I spent an entire afternoon agonizing over the zipper and it still isn't perfect, and don't even get me started about the front and back facing. The end result is a dress which fits like a dream and which was a great learning experience, but which no real sewer will be allowed to examine closely. I think I did a great job considering that I did it all by myself with only one frantic phone call to Pete's mom (a former sewing teacher) when the bodice didn't fit right.

To get pictures of this dress Pete and I headed to the forested area behind our apartment complex. Pete has an artist eye for photographs and I let him run the show. What follows is a photo journal, of sorts.

dress5

dress1

dress4

dress2

parasol
Parasol was purchased in Bath, England when I was 16 and has only been used twice for photos

dressback
Picture of the back of the dress (my hair really needs a trim)

shadow
We stopped on the path to look at the photos on the camera and discovered that the light behind us made very clear shadows

Details on the dress:
Pattern: Simplicity 4531
Fabric: Venetian Glass by Ro Gregg 100% Cotton (printed on the edge of the fabric)
Date Started: May 21, 2007
Date Finished: June 9, 2007
Sewing is so much faster than knitting. I only worked on this project on weekends and even then it was just for a few hours a day.

This was such an intense project that I think it's gotten the desire to sew out of my system for a while, which is a good thing because Ravelry has given me such great knitting ideas!

7 comments:

Rosemary aka fabricfan said...

Good fit, and a great colour, what more can you ask from one garment. Good work.

Bertha said...

Wow, that turned out great! It fits you perfectly and is so flattering! great job!

spillyjane said...

what a gorgeous dress; you did a great job, lady! you must be so proud!

...and that PARASOL...oh my crap, i love it to pieces!

Heather G. said...

Nice shoot! And nice dress! I worked on my skirt for awhile, but had to stop when my extension cord started making electrical sounds. Good for you!

Azura said...

*wolf whistle*

Can you make me a dress?

It's fantabulawesome :D

Peter and Addy said...

Awesome dress, Adriana. It's truly gorgeous! Is the parasol the one we purchased in England?

Rachel said...

Wow, that really is an incredibly flattering dress! I can tell you had fun on the photo shoot. And with a cute dress and pretty parasol, why shouldn't you?