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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Vogue 8507 - Tablecloth Dress!

I chose this pattern as my mother-of-the-groom dress for my son's wedding on July 7. I planned to make the sleeve version in a black silk with tiffany blue embroidery around the neckline. But alas, the wedding was cancelled this week! Thankfully, I didn't buy the fabric yet. I do, however, still plan to make the sleeve version in a non-tablecloth looking fabric. The sleeve detail is very intriguing and I will make it in a basic neutral color since it will be a great go-to dress for spring, summer, and fall.

Here's my muslin. I call this my tablecloth dress because of the fabric. It is a stretch sateen that I purchased for a ridiculously low price at JoAnn's. The intent of this one was strictly to sew a muslin, but I really like the fit and the style, so I wore my new "tablecloth" to church and received a lot of unsolicited, positive comments. Therefore, the pattern is a keeper.

I lined it with a bright yellow bridal satin. I chose yellow because I love the color but I can't wear it next to my face so the next best choice was next to my body.

It went together quickly as there are not a lot of design details. Princess seams make up the front and back and there is a small kick vent in the back. I inserted the invisible zipper with my most favorite Bernina invisible zipper foot and you wouldn't even know it's there except for the zipper pull tab.

I will alter the neckline by bringing it in one inch in the front and back as the width is just a bit wide for my narrow shoulders. I will also shorten the length by two inches so that it falls just above my knees.

In the mean time, I'm minus a daughter-in-law, but plus a new sundress. We must accept that which is out of our control and embrace that which we receive unexpectedly.