SEW excited!! ~ by Sam

For ages, I have been waiting to buy fabric to make an “infinity dress.”  Do a quick internet search.  I’ll wait here.

Okay.  Got it?  So, it’s a convertible dress.  And it’s super cute.  And, it can be pretty expensive.  But…it’s SUPER cute.  I really want one.

So, I searched for tutorials.  They were confusing.  Then, I found this one:

Okay.  That makes a little more sense to me.  All I have to do is buy 5 yards of fabric and…HOLY COW!!!  5 YARDS OF FABRIC?!?!!!  Do you know how much that will cost?!!

Well, it totally depends on the fabric.  Yesterday, I found this 100% polyester knit in a positively dreamy robin’s egg blue (my very favoruite colour).  It was cheap, at $5.99/yard.  Nevertheless, for 5 yards, that works out to be about thirty bucks, plus a few bucks more for matching thread.  Not bad for a nice dress, but I thought I could do better.

Then, I found this coupon:

No way!  60% off a single cut of fabric?!?!!  That means my fabric will only cost…um…not very much!!  So, I went and did it.  I bought my 5 yards of dreamy robin’s egg blue fabric and my matching thread.  The fabric came out to just under twelve bucks.  The thread was marked $2.99, but I think it must have been on sale, too, because my bill, with tax, was $15.01.

That’s fifteen dollars, and one cent.  Not bad for a whole nice dress.  At least, I hope it will be nice.  Only time will tell.

Think I can get in made in time for the wedding we are attending Saturday evening?  I sure hope so.  Wish me luck.

Oh, and, BTW, that coupon is good through today, August 29, 2013, but Jo-Ann is constantly putting out coupons.  My advice is to get on their mailing list and have them sent to your home, or, if you have a smartphone, get their app and access coupons right on your phone.  Don’t ever buy anything without checking to see if there might be a coupon.  you can also just check their website before you shop, and print up the coupons you need.

I’ll come back and post pics of the finished dress!

I can’t figure out how to post 2 photos at a time, so I will see if I can add a photo here.  This (if I do this correctly) is the first picture taken of my dress.  Hallie snapped this for me the first time I tried it on.



8 thoughts on “SEW excited!! ~ by Sam

  1. Please post pictures of yourself in your dreamy blue dress! Then let me know you did so I can come back and tell you what a truly spectacular job you did on it and just how gorgeous you look in it! 😀

  2. Great job!! 🙂
    I am trying to make one myself except I am over thinking this step
    “Now, keeping your fabric folded in half with selvages matched, fold the fabric in from the end so it’s doubled on itself. Place your pattern so the 2 straight lines match up with the edges.”
    Does it mean just along the edges or make the whole thing four layers?
    Could you please help me with this?

    • hmmm…Let me look over the tutorial this evening, and see if I can make sense of that. I think I need to read it in context. To be honest, I found myself following along with the pictures more than reading (‘though I did read it, too). Catching up on a t.v show or two with the husband ATM, but will read through and see if I can decipher it ASAP.

    • Oh! I got it! This is when you are cutting the circle skirt. What you want to do is fold your fabric in half lengthwise, so that the selvages match up on one side, and the fold is on the opposite side. Then, fold in down on itself. So, yes, you will be cutting through 4 layers. Pin the skirt pattern so that it matches up against the folds on both sides. Does that make sense?

      I didn’t fold my fabric in half the second time. I just folded it down enough for the pattern to fit on top of the folded part. You can kind of tell how it should work if you look at the pictures under that caption. It’s so simple to do, but difficult to explain. hmmm…

      You can find the tutorial I used to make the very first circle skirt here:

      It shows how the fabric should be folded and the pattern placed. Hopefully, this will help it make more sense.

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