I know, I actually look like I have curves instead of being the rectangle we all know I am. I added about 1.5 inches to the hem when I cut it out, but still had to add a 1 inch band at the bottom to make it a length I like.
I have decided to detail the money and hours spent on my sewing addiction so we all know how worthwhile and beneficial my choice of hobbies is.
Butterick 5559 pattern: $1.99
1.5 yards unknown fiber content @ 2/yd $3.00
gray interfacing $1.00*
Grand Total for Maggy London Dress selling this year at Nordstrom for $94........
(*Note to self--first project will absorb price of pattern-any subsequent projects from same pattern are free, also interfacing, thread, etc. will be absorbed into first project if bought specifically for it)
Not bad, I know. Now, on to the hours spent (keeping in mind I have 3 small children who love to keep me busy and "help")
Basting (darts and tucks) 1
(yes, at my house this is a real step, I wear it around, look in all the mirrors from every angle with a critical eye, decide if it needs tweaking and which shoes look the best--don't you?)
Fitting, facing, hemming, adding lenth, reinforcement stitching 2 hours
Total time spent --8 hours
The basting-not very pretty, but very necessary as the tucks are curved!
Some detail shots. I know that the tucks are supposed to line up exactly and I have all lined up on the outside, and I'm close on the inside. Be exact when you baste! It's still wearable at my house.:)
I hope you can see some details. Apparently I did my best kickboxing arms...
That's not saying much--is it?
I am making this dress again. Eventually. Maybe next fall. Maybe in red?