15 hours is approximately how long it took to sew the dress on the right (from scratch!)
14 hours out of 15 I worked on that dress. The last hour was forfeited due to prior babysitting obligations.
The dress consists of two pieces. A bodice and a skirt.
I wish I had a picture of the back of the bodice! It was my first time putting grommets into anything! The back was laced up with a think pink ribbon! It was very pretty (and my grommets were pretty much perfectly aligned)!
So here’s the story!
When I was first contacted about this project I was told I would just be helping J and B figure out the pattern. Sure! No problem.
I ended up sewing from 1600 until 0230. 10.5 hours. I think with a 15 minute break. I don’t even want to try to count the number of sodas I chugged. All of that time was spent working on the bodice! About an hour was spent on the skirt.
I’ve sewn clothing before but never anything this ginormous(which IS a word mom :)! I gave it my best shot and it turned out to be pretty awesome for my first time working with materials like boning and satiny-stretchy fabric (not sure what type of material it was).
I do think it might have taken me less time if I had been working on a more effecient (in my opinion!) machine. I was working on a very old Singer.
The one I was using was motor powered however I didn’t quite trust myself on the pedal (hard to control the speeds!) So I was using the hand wheel. Let me tell you, my hand is so very sore.
So why were we even making this dress in the first place? Well J is part of a sorority on campus and had a formal to go to at 1745 on Friday. So of course we started sewing on Thursday at 1600. Well, it got done at about 1715 on Friday.
There were a lot of machine malfunctions and needle pokes (oh yea, I hand stitched the binding onto that bodice) and many times I thought to myself ‘Why the heck did I say I would do this again?’
Even though I don’t know J well, B asked me to help and I did it. J really loved her dress and I think it came out very very well (I am more than a bit biased).
She got many compliments on the dress at her dance.
All in all, it was no a complete waste of my time. I’m glad I was able to help out.
P.S. I’m currently working on more embroidery patterns. Get excited! I’ll leave you with 3 words.
Is this what it feels like to ‘troll’ on the internet? Mwahaha!