Luckily I have a terrible sinus infection and blogtoberfest is EASY when you're stuck in bed.
I finished my dress and I am super happy with it. It was the most complicated thing I've made to date. The front yoke section was tough and yes I swore like a sailor on shore leave particularly when I sewed over my fingernails and had to use the dictionary to translate instructions. Turns out it wasn't a language problem. It was a basic lack of understanding of sewing patterns problem.
I used a Sew Your Own pattern I found in the oppy for a dollar. I amended the pattern quite a bit (which for me means, chop and cut at liberty where it doesn't fit). It was too long and tenty for me so I chopped about 3 centimetres off the seamline on both sides. I also changed the neckline a bit and used bias tape to finish it off.
I like the little sleeves.
There was a bit of a moment when Mr Melbournevintage came into my room and watched me at work and said 'oh you're practising with some test fabric'. A dangerous comment because I was holding scissors and was saddened by his lack of appreciation for the lovely green cotton I picked. Also: Test fabric? Me? AHA HAHA HAHA! I do love him for giving me so much credit though.
Avert your eyes if you're a professional sewer.
That complicated yoke section on the front? I was supposed to replicate that in the same fabric and sew it on the inside inside-out and then turn it probably so that the seamlines on the inside would be hidden.
I swore and I cried, I just couldn't get it to work out. And to be honest I didn't want to.
So I thought frickit, and ironed a giant piece of interfacing on instead.
Unlike me it's not pretty on the inside.