OK let’s get started.
Task #1: Choose your pattern and fabric.
The pattern my daughter chose is Lisette #1419 available from Simplicity Patterns. We’re going with View A Normally when I am considering a pattern I do a quick check over at Pattern Review and see what others have to say about the pattern. Fortunately this pattern comes highly recommended with no problems to speak of. If you aren’t a member of Pattern Review you should be (there’s a free membership option). It’s incredibly helpful to check out reviews on a pattern before you waste time and money on pattern and fabric. It can be very discouraging when something doesn’t turn out like you hoped. Fact is there are some bad patterns out there. Even a good pattern might have something that needs adjusting so read the reviews. I have found the easiest way is to search the pattern number in Google. This will usually bring up the Pattern Review links and also blogs of anyone else that has made the pattern.
The fabric my daughter chose are a floral peach skin and navy and white cotton print At this point I usually wash my fabric but I am going to do a test swatch of the cotton first to see how it turns out. The peachskin will wash and dry fine I’m sure but the cotton has a lovely finish on it and drapes well as is that I want to see how it is after a washing. If I am unhappy with the test swatch I’ll use it without washing it and the dress will have to be dry cleaned.
Because my daughter is 14 and most Misses’ patterns are drafted for a B cup (which is not her size), I’ll do a pin fitting of the pattern and possibly make a bodice muslin before cutting (a “muslin” is a mock up in a similar fabric –that you don’t mind wasting– to help you get a better fit before you cut into your main fabric). I’ll also show you a really great way to trace off a pattern. It’s so easy you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before!
That will be Friday. In the meanwhile feel free to post in the combox with questions or to share your thoughts and/or progress.