The New Look dress #6587 is done, done, done.
It took me more time than it should have because I had massive trouble with the thread. I don't know why...I purchased the same type of thread as usual, same brand, everything. I was just using a different color than normal: the 'pure' white. And my machine did not like it one bit. It would work for a couple centimeters then get all jammed, etc.
I cleaned and oiled the machine and replaced the needle, so it wasn't that. I couldn't believe it could just be the thread, but it was, because when I changed to a different color thread (but same composition) I had no problems. But I didn't want a different color thread, so I had to go back to the store and buy a different brand. And that white thread worked like a dream. I find that very odd, but now I know. I think I'm going to use that brand of thread from now on (until I encounter a problem) as it is 'made in France,' so at least I'll be buying local. :)
Anyhow, the dress is still too big, despite my overlapping in the front. So we'll call this a muslin, shall we? I like it, despite it being too big and I'll wear it. I have to wear a slip underneath it anyhow because the fabric is see-through, so that helps counteract the bagginess. But I'd like to do one in the proper size. I cut a 12 for this one, should I go down one size or try to do an 8 and use smaller seam allowances? The 8 seems like a radical reduction, but the 12 is more than 2 inches too big. Any advice?
As I don't have the fabric for a new dress right away, my next project will be these cropped pants from Simplicity #2656:
Here's the fabric I plan on using, with the coordinating buttons. I purchased the brown linen, intending it for another pants project, but that pattern calls for a front fly and I don't feel up to it yet. So for sure I'll have fabric left over. Maybe a skirt or a top...or both if I have enough fabric. :)
Aside from that, I'll be starting a secret project with these fabrics:
I can show you after mid-May, but it has to stay hush-hush until then.
Finally, it's my birthday month and a package from my sister showed up in the mail today. She's aiding and abetting me in my magazine habit, yay:
Plus she got me this super cute candle: