Thursday, April 12, 2012

Taxed Out

I finished my taxes a whole five days early. GO ME.  Now I'm waiting till tomorrow to put it in snail mail so they don't cash the check before my next payday.  I like to live on the edge.

So. Sewing. Um... I got most of my first dress cut out after my second run.  Here's a visual of some of the changes I've made.

Front bodice
 Instead of doing the weird fifth piece that was suppose to be the "modesty panel" I raised the neckline and added a front seam.  I plan on reinforcing it with some silk organza bias strips. Twill tape would be too heavy, I think.

back bodice
I also raised the back bodice and did a rounded shoulder adjustment. That seemed to help a lot with the "want to slide off the shoulder" problem.  I also had to lengthen the dart some.  Its not apparent on both photos but I added width to the front and back shoulder seam.

At the same time I bought the large tracing paper, which you can see under my pattern pieces up above, I bought some interfacing from .  I'm never buying cheap interfacing again. EVER.  It seems pricey at first but its also 60+ inches wide, so one yard goes a long way.  

Its suppose to be black, but it came out dark plum.
I'm trying not to buy new fabric for the next couple months but I might have to break down and get some more white batiste.  The eight yards that I bought over a year ago is almost gone.  In my frugality I went so far as to dye enough for the lining of the dress. I'm a bit short though, so the lining will be just enough for modesty, really.

Um, that's all for now I think. Not really exciting.  I feel the need to share the pattern/fabric buying rampage I went on during all the sales last year. That should take up a few posts. Lots of pretties!  How are you surviving tax day?


  1. We finally did our taxes last week or the week before (my husband's main tax form got lost in the mail :P)... they aren't due until the end of April in Canada, as far as I can tell, though, and Revenue Canada is not nearly as scary as the IRS even if you're late ;). But we generally get a hefty refund, so it's not so traumatic...

    Can't wait to see how the dress turns out! I figure lining & interfacing don't count when it comes to stash-busting pledges, because they're fabrics that help you *use up* other stash. Of course, if you're just trying to save money that's not so helpful ;)

    Good luck! :)

    1. I still have lots of bemberg lining I can use but for summer dresses I prefer cotton batiste. Bemberg does not absorb sweat the way cotton does.