Drumroll, please! After going over the final poll results for the sew-along, we have a clear winner: the swing dress! (A big thank you to everyone who took a moment to cast their vote!) I have to admit, I’m more than a bit nervous about leading a sew-along, having never done anything like this before. So I do hope I don’t royally mess things up or prove to be the most frustrating sew-along leader ever! lol. Despite these reservations, I am excited that we’ll be doing the dress, and dearly hope that you’re not too disappointed if you were looking forward to the circle skirt sew-along. (I’ll be keeping that in mind for a later sew-along possibility!) So are you ready to jump into it? Here’s the tenative schedule I worked out:
Start Date: January 11, 2011
End Date: March 3, 2011
January 11: intro and supplies list. Inspiration from period sources
January 13: sources for fabric/suitable stabilizers
January 20: preparing for the muslin
January 27: making and fitting the muslin/adjustments
February 3: finalizing the pattern + cutting out the fashion fabric
February 7: applying stabilizer and sewing the shoulder seams
February 11: topstitching the midriff and finishing the bodice
February 14: sewing the skirt + attaching the skirt and bodice
February 17: closure application (invisible and regular zipper, as well as a “period” method)
February 24: setting in the sleeves
February 28: hemming and finishing touches
March 3: final dress show-off party!
Does that sound like a reasonable timeline? I wanted to keep it spread out enough since I know many people will want to order the pattern and possibly fabric as well–so that hopefully gives us enough time. But if all goes well, everyone who is participating can join in a little blog party on February 28th (I’ll be putting up a post with final photos of my version as well as a way for everyone who finished theirs to add links to their pictures/blog)!
So the first official post will be up sometime tomorrow–keep an eye out for it!