Textured Blue Go Anywhere Dress

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Last month, Amanda of Bimble and Pimple hosted a sewing-focused Instagram month with hashtag #bpsewvember. For day 8, she asked us to post pictures of our signature style. I posted pictures of dresses layered with sweaters, tights, and boots, seeing how that is what I really like to wear.  Only problem is, I don’t actually wear that combination very often because I don’t have that many layerable dresses.  In comes this make….

I was trying out a new patteIMG_5528rn company—Sewn Square One—for the first time, and wasn’t sure which size would fit me best, so I set out to make a wearable muslin.  Being my careful self, I decided to go with size small, which fit my measurements, despite feeling dubious because of the associated store-bought sizing recommendation.  My doubts were right, because the fit right off-the-bat was awful.  My boyfriend told me I looked like I was wearing a smock.
Fortunately, due to the princess seams on this dress, it was easy to take in, and take it in I did, by a considerable amount.  Unfortunately, this fabric frays like crazy and my seam allowances in parts are over an inch wide so that I could keep my original edge finishes.  Not that they’re doing a lot of good, though.  It is a hairy mess on the inside despite zigzagging all pieces before I sewed them together.
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That’s okay, though, because I GOT A SERGER!  I’m so excited about this. I’ve wanted a serger for a while, but never felt ready to commit to the investment. Luckily for me, my boyfriend’s mom decided to pass hers on to me. I can finally sew and finish seams in one fell swoop. Pretty seam finishes!  No more fraying! I’m totally nerding out over here.
Speaking of nerding out, I just finished the first semester of my PhD program, and I have about a month off before classes start up again. You know what that means?  Lots of time for sewing!  And learning how to use my new serger!
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Okay, back to the dress.  Despite its hideous insides, I love it. I think it’s super flattering, and works well with a variety of cardigan/tights/boots/scarf combinations.  Just what I was going for. I’m not sure how long the dress will last due to its fraying tendencies, but I will love it until it falls apart. I’ve already worn it at least once a week since I’ve made it.
The next version—a sleeveless variety in a large-patterned upholstery fabric—is already on my sewing table ready to be cut out. I’ll be sure to cut a smaller size this time around. 😉
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Fabric: 2 yards of textured blue polyester from Hancock Fabrics
Cost: $2.96 for fabric + $2.49 zipper  = $5.45 ($17.45 if you include the pattern)
Time: ~8 hours
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