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My first solo project

"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything."
~Edward Phelps

My first project was this pattern by Butterick (3772).

Since I was making it for my twin nieces, Abby and Suzy, I had to make two.

Gwen helped me pick out some fabric and we decided that since It'd be my first time on my own I'd make the one in the middle with no frills or ruffles (the green one). Since my fabric was embroidered, it didn't really need anything extra anyways. I didn't want to make them out of exactly the same fabric but I knew I wanted them to be complimentary so I managed to find a denim fabric and a corduroy fabric with the same pattern embroidered on them. It's so cute how they look very different but they have an element about them that's the same!

My only other real design decision was whether or not to add pockets. I decided to put 2 pockets on each. For the first dress I tried to follow the pattern and make the rounded pockets (like the ones on the white dress above). They weren't even and came out kinda crooked, so with Gwen's advice, I decided on the second one I'd make square pockets. It was much easier! I should note, however, that I do like the way the curved pockets look on the finished products better even though they are a little uneven.

"Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster. "
~Weston H. Agor

The cool thing about making two was that the "mistakes" I made on the first one, I got to try to fix on the second.

For example, on the first, the straps were much more crooked and uneven than on the second.

I also had a really hard time learning the automatic buttonhole function on my machine. It kept binding up or it wouldn't stop stitching on one side to turn and make the other side. But once I worked out exactly which switches and levers I needed to turn and where they all needed to be I got it pretty much figured out. Luckily I was smart enough to practice the buttonholes before trying them on the real thing. :)

After a few days struggling I got the buttonholes figured out and I finished the dresses tonight.

Here's the first

and the second.

It's hard to tell in these fuzzy dark pictures, but notice they have the same embroidery on them, and notice the cute butterfly buttons on the arm straps. Also notice the rounded pockets on the denim and the square pockets on the corduroy.

Overall I ended up happier with the result of the second than the first, but I think they both turned out ok.

I'll be seeing Abby and Suzy this weekend, so hopefully I can get some pictures of them in their new dresses!


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Aug. 13th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Christine! They came out beautifully! I'm so happy you got the buttonholes to work and the butterfly buttons are a perfect touch! What a great job! :)
I can't wait to see pictures of the girls in them!
Oh, and I really like the quotes you found!
Well, I'm running out of exclamation marks, so I'd better wrap this up... ;)
Aug. 13th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

...and thanks for all your help on them too!
Aug. 14th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
These are adorable! I really like the fabric you picked and the fact that they will have two different colors to wear. They look really nicely finished to me. I've tried to sew pockets on purses and things before and I've always given up because they are diabolical. They look like such a simple thing to do, but they are so tough.

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