This weekend I finished my dress for The Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge! As you can see, it's obviously not authentic in fabric or pattern, but is loosely inspired by the 20s. It took me a while to decide on what to do for this challenge. I wasn't sure if I should use a vintage pattern or if I should try and draft my own pattern, but knew that I wanted to make a dress that I could wear again and again. This Burdastyle pattern caught my eye, but right before adding it to my cart I remembered my hatred for adding seam allowances and taping patterns together. I figured I could modify the Laurel pattern to make it work. Luckily, it did!
It's been windy here!
You've probably heard it a million times already, but the Laurel pattern is pretty amazing. It makes up the base of the dress and a modified Jasmine collar tops it off. Spending the extra time to get the fit down on my first version of the dress made making this one super easy.
One of my New Years goals was to modify existing patterns because I never do it. Part of me was scared of messing up fabric and part of me just didn't want to fail. When it all comes down to it, it's just fabric, right? I can always order more of these shirtings from Mood, so, I shouldn't stress myself out over it. I'm happy I took the risk because this is one of my favorite makes so far!