I have made my first dress!! It’s far from perfect, but it’s mine. And it’s one of a kind!
I began my dress with the goal of having it finished by graduation day, so that I could wear a new dress to the ceremony. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it. I overestimate my ability to complete tasks. I always think I can do something much faster than it actually gets done. I’m learning to give myself extra time. I think what drives this desire to finish as fast as I can, is the fact that I want to impress people. In my head, completing a task quickly, or quicker than expected, is a good thing. But, it’s not a good thing if the task isn’t done well. And it’s not a good thing to set an unrealistic deadline for yourself, and then not be able to meet that deadline. That’s a lot to learn from simply sewing a dress, but it’s been a repetitive lesson in this season of life. All that to say…I didn’t finish when I wanted, but I still accomplished my goal of sewing my first dress!!
A lot more goes into sewing than just putting two pieces of fabric together and pressing a pedal. It takes a lot of time and a lot of preparation. As much as I wanted to be finished in an hour, it took me more than an hour to cut my pattern. And of course, I could write a life lesson on being patient and waiting for God to prepare your heart, but I’ll spare you that one 😉
I set up a temporary sewing table (aka card table) in the living room. As you can see by all the scraps in the floor, sewing is a messy job. My dogs loved it because they had lots of fabric pieces to chew on. I’m sure they probably ate a few…oops.
And anytime I sat in the floor to measure or cut, I had a little helper. Maggie is our cuddle-pug. She loves to give snuggles. I ended up in the floor a lot – remeasuring, recutting, repinning. I started with the dress pattern a little bigger just to make sure it would fit. Because of this, I took it in three times I think, and it’s still a little big! I also (twice) sewed the fabric the wrong way. Thank goodness for seam rippers.
I’m sure the dress project took so long due to my many errors. As I mentioned before, the dress is far from perfect. I had to make myself stop working on it. Each time I look at it, I see mistakes I could fix. But for now, it being my first dress, I’m satisfied in the turnout. I’ve still got a lot to learn, and a lot more patterns to practice on! Stay tuned for dress #2.