Sunday, June 22, 2008

Weekend Project: First Dress, First Real Pattern

Measure twice, cut once.
Traditional Saying

Today we started on our second project, a dress using a commercial pattern. You can see the pattern here.
Ana and Juana chose these bottom weight plaids (respectively):

We spent about two hours together and got all of the pieces cut out and the interfacing applied for both dresses. The pattern specified that it is designed for people who are 5 feet 6 inches tall. Ana is about 5' 3" and Juana is about 4' 11", so we shortened the main front and back pieces accordingly.

They are happy and excited about this project and already mentally anticipating their next project - t-shirts for their boyfriends! Unfortunately, I cannot go next Sunday, so that will be a delay to our progress. On the other hand, there is a chance that they might buy machines during the upcoming holiday weekend, if Sears has a nice sale. Our lessons would go a lot faster if we had two machines.

This time, I did not prepare any sentences in Spanish ahead of time. It was a bit of a risk, but I was hoping that our limited communication skills would suffice, given the obviousness of our task, and the Burda instructions in Spanish. And it all worked out fine. I think these dresses are going to come out really cute! :)


Becky said...

Sounds like the lessons are going well so far! Glad to hear it. :)

Claire said...

From slippery to a plaid. Whew! the good news is they don't know they should have been afraid of all these fabrics. Nice job Gwen!