Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tia Dress

My first Tia Dress is complete.
This is from a pattern by Lara Nash at http://www.sewchicpatterns.com.
The most amazing thing about making this dress was that I bought it with a class by Lara Nash herself! The class and dress pattern was ONLY $20!!!!! You can find this class at www.craftsy.com.
This was my first sewing class ever!!!! I learned a lot and was so impressed with how much extra information Lara Nash gives in this class! 
She goes over everything about how to make this dress in detail as well as a lot of tips for vintage sewing including how to make a crinoline!
No, I didn't make a crinoline. I can't imagine wearing one because it seems that the netting they are made of would be really uncomfortable.
I did make some changes in the design. I did not use Lara Nash's pockets but instead used the pockets from the Colette pattern for the Parfait Dress https://www.colettepatterns.com/sewing/parfait.
Also, I did not use the gathered skirt that Lara has for this pattern because I have not liked the gathered skirts I have made thus far. Instead, I used the skirt from Gertie's Butterick B5882 http://butterick.mccall.com/patterns-by-gertie-pages-4453.php. I love the wide flair of this skirt!  Check out her blog at:www.blogforbettersewing.com.
I had a couple of problems:  I could not get the lapped zipper done right. I need to keep reviewing the class and try again because I want to learn how to do it. But I gave up after seam ripping out a LOT of attempts!!!!!!! I ended up putting in the invisible zipper I was using anyway and it came out good.   
The other problem was a problem I have ALWAYS which was that the sleeves were unbearably uncomfortable! So now you see them........
..........and now you don't. I had to take them off, cut off about five eighth inches around the entire arm hole, and add a bias trim.
The reality is I live in these cloths which means that I work in them in the garden, in the kitchen etc.  I HATE it when it is constricting my front and back arm every time I lean down to lift things!!!! The sleeves just had to go!  

What do you think Tweetie Bird? I LOVE the Bodice, I LOVE the accents with trim, I LOVE the skirt, OK,  I LOVE this dress and will make it again.

May your new work excite your heart,
Kindle in your mind a creativity
To journey beyond the old limits
Of all that has become wearisome.
John O'Donohue


  1. Beautiful! And cheers for making it wearable ( takes courage to hack off the sleeves!)

  2. Thanks, I thought you would be so disappointed.