What I made: Megan

So this is my first post - hurrah! I'd like to start out by showing off my 'Megan' dress because I'm just so darn proud of it! 

The 'Megan' pattern is by Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons fame and is from her début book, Love at First Stitch.

The 'Megan' pattern is by Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons fame and is from her début book, Love at First Stitch.

For me, this dress started out as a teeny bit of a nightmare and I almost completely gave up with it.

However, the disasters I had were my fault entirely - mostly rushing in head-first without doing a proper muslin because I was feeling fancy and fearless. Heed my warning - ALWAYS MAKE A MUSLIN! Especially when dealing with woven fabrics and fitted bodices. So, my first Megan was a rather oddly fitted garm to say the least. I wore it out to dinner (to Terre a Terre no less too side note: if you live in Brighton or ever visit Brighton, you simply must go there!) and it has languished at the bottom of my laundry basket ever since because I couldn't bear to look at it and be reminded of the horror. 

I eventually got my courage back and ventured to the fabric shop and bought about 10 metres of muslin fabric- no way was I going to be outsmarted by this pattern. I set to work trying to figure out what was wrong with the fit and how to go about fixing it. I made countless muslins and got myself into more bother trying to figure out full bust adjustments etc. and almost pulled my hair out numerous times and then, right when I was about to throw in the towel, Nancy Zieman came to my rescue (on a shiny white horse) with her book and tah dah - I have a dress I can wear (more than once!) and do a happy dance in! 

So less 'happy dance,' more whimsical look in this photo, just know there is a 'happy dance' going on inside my head! Yeyyyyy!

So less 'happy dance,' more whimsical look in this photo, just know there is a 'happy dance' going on inside my head! Yeyyyyy!

The pattern was very simple to make (once I'd got my head around the fit!) and the dress came together in no time. This is helped vastly by the straightforward instructions that come with it. Yey for no nonsense jargon! Also the accompanying full colour photographs helped immensely with working out some of the finer details. 

My favourite part of the dress- the puffy sleeve!

My favourite part of the dress- the puffy sleeve!

I used a nice medium weight cotton as suggested on the pattern but it has a a slight shiny sheen to it (forgive my lack of technical fabric language) which makes it more comfortable sans lining. Plus at only £2.99 a metre this was bargainous and my only regret it that I didn't buy more of it. 

I made up the size 4 and increased the bust and waist by an inch or so.

The front view...

Seriously in love with this fabric - I wish there was a 'feel' button on computers. Maybe one day....

Seriously in love with this fabric - I wish there was a 'feel' button on computers. Maybe one day....

...and the back view!

The 'not-so-invisible' invisible zip... hey, at least it matches the fabric!

The 'not-so-invisible' invisible zip... hey, at least it matches the fabric!

My feet are so interesting!

My feet are so interesting!

I'm very proud of this amazing feat of fabric engineering. I think that maybe if I was to be picky the fit could be a little better but you know what... I'm not that fussy and I feel fabulous in it. Isn't that all that counts? 

I have since made another version and look forward to version three and maybe four?

I named my dress form 'Rosalee' and we've become firm friends ever since I got her out of the box!

I named my dress form 'Rosalee' and we've become firm friends ever since I got her out of the box!

Now, if you excuse me, I'm off to sashay in my dress some more!