Wednesday, April 21, 2010

bad luck and then good luck

Emily's dresses are getting underway (she'll need at least one new one within about 2 weeks!) and yesterday disaster struck! I got this pattern (which I'm crazy about) out to trace before adjusting, as the fabric is all ready to go:

Advance 5578

And a major piece was missing. I had just bought this one on ebay, listed as complete and checked. Argh! I wrote the seller to see if they might have it loose from checking and I scanned the pattern diagram to see if I could reconstruct it, but the answers were no and no. (I printed out another piece from the scan and it was so far off the actual pattern piece it was amazing. So much for using pattern diagrams to reconstruct patterns correctly!)

But then good luck kicked in -- the ebay seller immediately refunded me, and then I found the same pattern on etsy for just a little bit more -- one size bigger but since I have to make huge adjustments one way or the other on her clothes it doesn't really matter. And as an added bonus, the seller had this super-cute 1950s pattern for tops in 3 styles, which is exactly what I've been looking for to go with all of my skirts!

In the meantime, I'm about to muslin this dress for her:

Advance 6936

which is simple, but is making me nervous, since it's going to use some irreplacable fabric. Wish me luck!


  1. I can't wait to see photos of these finished dresses! They are going to be so cute. Good luck!

  2. The button detail on the 5578 is amazing! Is it just a mock front, or is it really the only way in and out of the dress?
    Bigger is always more versatile, and as you said you'll have to alter it either way! This pattern could lend well to costumes later on too! Or if she decides to take up the baton (sp?)
    Yay Luck!


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