My second post for this blog was an illustrated chronicle of my humble sewing origins. My mother even dug up my first skirt (circa 1985) for the occasion.
In the post I mentioned my first successful, fitted dress project--an ankle-length spaghetti-strapped dress in floral rayon challis. I finally found a photo of it last night (while working on clearing out the soon-to-be nursery) in a photo album from my winter 2001 trip to Cambridge, England.
It probably doesn't look like all that to you, but after a series of ill-fitting poorly-stitched dress attempts, this was a triumph. Despite my bad posture and sour expression here, it actually fit me perfectly. (I didn't do a muslin, though, and my first FBA attempt had been too enthusiastic, so I had to add some emergency darts to the bodice.)
It's fully lined--I think it was the first lined item I ever made--and there was quite a bit of handstitching going on in the bodice as well. I got lots of compliments on it and wore it to every nice event I could until it no longer fit me!
I wish I could remember the exact pattern--I'm fairly certain it was a Butterick, and that the pattern photo showed an example in border print. I even spotted it on a blog post recently as an example of someone's pattern destashing, but can't remember which blog. I'm sure it's long out of print.
And that is the story of my first dress!
Do you still remember your first successful project? What was it?
P.S. In case you're wondering why I'm up at 6:15, I have Cartoonist Baby and her charming high kicks to thank!