Before I tell you about my latest sewing adventure, I have an exciting announcement to make! I was accepted at the Minerva Crafts blogger network and you shall see my first post there in September! Hooray! I’m honored to be in a group of such lovely people and can’t wait to start!
I already picked my fabrics and patterns and the first thing I’m going to make is a Reeta midi dress from Named Clothing. I got the pattern from Minerva Crafts and chose a lovely fabric for it, which I will reveal soon! Because it is soooo gorgeous, I was terrified of ruining it and decided to be a good girl and make a toile of this dress. I’m so glad I did this, because I had sooooo much trouble sewing it. I literally haven’t had so many problems with a garment before in my life.
I’m not sure if that happened because my fabric was very slippery and it kinda stretched when I ironed it or because of the unclear instructions. When I got to the point where I had to sew the collar and then the yoke facing I got really frustrated, I couldn’t figure out what the illustrations were showing and ended up searching for pattern reviews online. Turns out lots of other people had the same issues and after a lot of cursing/throwing things/almost ruining the entire dress I decided to leave it for the night and clear my head.
I worked on it the next day and pretty much freestyled it. I watched Lisa Comfort’s tutorial on how to sew a yoke and then I tried to figure out what steps I should follow on my Reeta dress. I managed to do it, although it’s not my best work and if you look close enough you can see some mistakes. But honestly, after so much frustration I just wanted to get this done and didn’t bother with minor details that are not visible to others.
The dress itself is lovely. It’s easy to wear and very elegant, perfect for a summer’s day. The fabric I chose is a brethable viscose from Tsagrinos.gr which you may have seen on my Fabric Haul video.
I cheated a little bit and didn’t sew buttonholes, I just stitched the buttons on, because I could easily pull the dress over my head and figured I shouldn’t go through all the trouble.
Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my Reeta dress and am excited to try the next one, this time with more experience and more patience. I hope it won’t be as difficult as the first one!
I hope you like it and if you already made it tell me, did you have the same issues?