So almost 4 months ago I said I was ‘so excited!’ to make another Megan dress from Love at First Stitch. I’ve finally started it!
I’m not sure if I can call it a Megan dress though. I’ve used the Megan bodice, but I’ve added a waistband because I want to put a different skirt on it. I like dresses that are fuller on the bottom, I’m never usually comfortable in straighter dresses. I realize that as I’m sewing my own, I could make the bottom a different size to fit me better… but I just like volume on the bottom!
Speaking of volume, this fabric is turned up to 11! As I was cutting into it, it really hit me how crazy it is. I was wishing I had some solid black cotton to use for the waistband, but I don’t have much of a fabric stash, and solids? pfft, boring!
So, to define the band, I pulled out my box of vintage seam bindings and things, and found some ricrac in a grey-ish blue that is in some of the irises. I figured that if the whole dress is already crazy, why not pump up the crazy with some trim? I sewed the ricrac on to the band piece first, lining up a dip in the zigzag with the 5/8″ seam allowance. Then I sewed it to the bodice by stitching exactly along that line. Just the perfect amount of the little triangles show!
So for the skirt, I was originally thinking of using the Clemence pattern I drafted, and made up in cotton from the same line, but now I’m wondering about using the pleated skirt from the Lilou dress in Tilly’s book. I’ve seen a couple of those hacks on Pinterest, so I think it will work.
Last time I made Megan, the fit in the top wasn’t the best, and I was contemplating all these fancy edits and adjustments, but a couple friends talked me in to just making the next size up, which is what I’ve done here, I’ve made the 4 instead of the 3. It is hard to tell with no zip, so I guess I’ll find out.
Oh, did I mention I want to wear this on Thursday?