Happy Christmas! A free dress pattern!

I didn’t sew for a long time so my hands were starting to itch. I just bought a new sewing machine a couple of days ago so I’m feeling pumped! =D It is Pfaff 1080s which is a great upgrade after an old Bagat Ruža.
I had to do something and since I’m on a break, I decided to finish a project I started a long time age – Sonja dress.

It is a really wonderful dress and it is free! Happy Christmas to me! =)
Depending on the fabric and your imagination I think a lot can be done with it.

I did it in some cheap dark blue cotton (I knew I was going to mess up so I didn’t want to spend too much money) and added a grey strip at the bottom because it was too short for my taste.

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Dress isn’t that difficult to make and I encourage novice sewers to give it a go! I’m a novice and I really learned A LOT! And I mean a lot!
I probably spent half the time on the internet looking for tutorials on how to do what. I’m going to link them here if anyone decides to try this, so you don’t waste as much as time as I did.

I, of course, had to complicate it a bit and decided to do a fully lined dress which I never did before. This tutorial from The Slapdash Sewist helped a lot!

I also never inserted an invisible zipper. It wasn’t that bad. Don’t fear the zippers! And since I like to complicate things, I decided to do a clean machine finish. Here is a tutorial from Jennifer from The Musings of a Dedicated Housefiancee. This is something that definitely takes practice!

Now, as for how it turned out.
There definitely are some problems with it. For instance, it is too tight on me! I cut out a size 38, but now it is more of a 36! Somehow during the sewing it got smaller so now I have to put it on over my head! :S
I also don’t know how to fix the problem of excess fabric/gaping above the bust.
And my invisible zipper isn’t that much invisible! It is when I’m not wearing the dress. It actually looks pretty good. I lined up the waist line and you can’t see it (I just need to work on finishing it). But when I put it on, since it is too  tight, the fabric stretches and the zipper shows. I don’t mind it that much because it is all in the blue tones, but if I wanted to do a visible zipper I would have (there are actually some great project with exposed zippers)! Grrr!

Nevertheless, I like it despite all of the flaws! It is my first real, big, solo project! I am not only proud that it is kind of wearable, but that I managed to finish it! haha
I will wear it once or twice, but I’ll give it away then because it really is so tight on me. I am sad about that! 😦

I will definitely do more of these dresses! I think they are fun and can be worn at any season and they have this old school vibe which I love! My next one will hopefully be better because I will keep all of the thing I’ve learned in mind! =)

If you have any questions about the process just ask away!

I hope you are all having a lovely Christmas and to hear again soon!

Kisses! X 🙂