Yo Ho Ho and a Pirate Dress!
Lo and behold, on Christmas Day while I was waiting for the Roast Beast to cook, I received this package from our beloved Hoody Hoo:
Now, Hoody had mentioned that she was sending me some pirate remnants from Halloween, so the package was not unexpected. However, our darling Miss H is unclear on the definition of “remnants.” While the brown flannel with adorable skulls and hearts is indeed a remnant, slightly less than a yard, the pirate skulls underneath it are YARDAGE — i.e., more than a yard. In fact, so many yards that I immediately looked at it and thought, “O Hai, I must haz PIRATE DRESS.” Which is odd because I don’t normally think in LOLCATS.
So off I went to the pattern drawer, and pulled out New Look 6776. I’d never made a dress with a zipper before, but that one looked easy enough and I figured View D with the v-neck bodice would cover my bra. It took me until today to finish, however because that zipper would NOT go in. The dress came together easily enough — I made a size 12, and aside from having to take in a bit at the upper back and shorten the ridiculously long straps by two inches, it seems to be drafted well. The zipper? I did a centered zip, ripped it out, did a lapped zip and had to redo the lapped part at least 3 times. I don’t usually have this many problems with zippers, but the zipper tape was slippery and refusing to feed through my machine, causing dropped stitches. I changed the needle and increased the presser foot tension, and finally got the d*mned thing to go in. I should add that the pattern calls for a 16″ zip and I put in an 18″ zip to minimize the difficulty getting it over my bubble butt. That had nothing to do with the sewing difficulties, though.
None of this gives you any idea how adorable this dress is. I mean, it is the cutest pirate dress EVAH. See:
And since I couldn’t resist horsing around with a ray gun (because that’s what you do):
I love any dress that lets me shoot things without exposing my bra.
In short, a big massive humungous THANK YOU to Hoody, who blogs over at hoodyhoo. Go over there and show her some love, she is the awesome.
By the by, I apologize for neglecting the blog yesterday and I promise I’m working on the commenting issues and other stuff. Hopefully, I should get it all copacetic by tomorrow night!