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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Sew Weekly UFO: Dress Challenge

This dress fulfills a few purposes:

1. A summer dress with a lightweight fabric that I've had in my stash for a while
2. A completed garment as part of the Summer Sewalong, and finally
3. A UFO off my shelf!
4. Gives me space back on my ironing board.

I started this dress over a month ago but could never get past cutting all of the pieces.  You may remember when I returned to the craft room at the beginning of June, my cat was in love with this project.  That made one of us.  I had cut all of the outer fabric pieces, but couldn't decide if I would do the lining in the same fabric or another.  The dress was so light that I didn't want to weigh it down.  So I did what I have a tendency to do... folded everything up and let it live on my ironing board.  This spot is where my projects go to die.  Or at least, a long hibernation.

When I saw Sew Weekly's UFO challenge, I knew just the project that I could use.  So I did inventory to figure out where I had left off, dusted off the rest of the fabric and started assembling the dress.  I used Simplicity 2579 in version B.

I really enjoyed this pattern, especially the upper bodice assembly.  It made finishing all of the seams on the rest of the dress really easy.  In the end, I was left with a very tidy, light, summer dress.

So readers, did any of you participate in this challenge? Or do you have something tucked away that is itching to be finished? Tell me about it!

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  1. Unfortunately, I haven't any sewing projects to work on right now. I am full on in my knitting and crocheting. I don't sew for my girls anymore because they don't appreciate homemade things so I usually just make receiving blankets for friends. I do have a few patterns a friend gave me that I've been kicking about so I might have to dust them off and give them a look. The dress you made is very pretty!

  2. I'm the opposite - my knitting and crocheting has been put aside for the summer. Not on purpose, but I've just been so focused on sewing. I told myself not to do that this summer so I'm going to try to pick up one of my other knitting projects this week and put some time on it.

  3. I have several UFO's, a half made jumper, a dress cut out ready to be sewn and a half unpicked dress ready to re-fashion. And a whole mountain of quilt tops waiting to be quilted. I think it's because i 'sew' for a living, the bags get done but if it's for me the projects always end up on the 'back burner, for later'

  4. Very pretty!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I can't wait to see more from you on Sunday!


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