my oldest daughter made her first communion the other weekend, so i made her a special dress for the occasion. truth be told, i’ve been thinking about this dress for a long time and had visions of beautiful hand work, beading, lace, tulle… you get the picture. i feel bad that time got the better of me and i ended up only having a couple days to make it. it’s been a busy spring and i haven’t had as much sewing time as i would like. i was also finishing my jacket and doing costume alterations for my girls’ dance studio on the side… basically i was too tired to come up with anything interesting.
knowing i had to keep it simple, i picked out new look something or other (trying to look it up but their site won’t load and i’m impatient) because it has a nice low back neckline that i thought was pretty, and includes a bolero pattern. i used a stretch poplin for underlining the lace bodice, and lining the skirt. i added an additional lining for the bodice since i had some bemberg scraps laying around. then i found some sparky buttons for the back closure and for the bolero.
i made a size 8 (she’s almost 9) but it turned out to be huge. H-U-G-E. i could have gone down two whole sizes easily! i was pretty disappointed in the fit. no, i didn’t measure her to determine size, but i’ve made other patterns and gone with her rtw size just fine, so i didn’t think it would be that off.
she loved the dress so i didn’t bother her with my own disappointment. and technically there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just huge! fortunately the bolero covered up the back where the ill-fit is most apparent. of course, the back was my favorite feature, so… there you have it. i’ve been kicking myself for not making a waist sash, or a hem band… i suppose i shouldn’t be so hard on myself, she looked lovely. but, seeing all the other girls in their ridiculous poofy gowns (one girl had a strapless dress. strapless. with a corseted lace-up back. whaaaat? how is that appropriate?!) and the audible crunch every time they sat down… i guess i was afraid she would suddenly wish her dress were fancier.
i’m considering hacking off some length and dyeing it to give it a second life. i do have some yellow rit laying around…