My mannequin has arrived. And I’ve been working on my shimmer salmon crepe de chine dress all afternoon. By working on the dress I mean I’ve been draping cloth this way and that way on the mannequin trying to see what I can come up with by way of a design. I’m pretty much decided that I won’t attempt a tiered dress for now. I think that’s a bit too ambitious. For now I think I’ll try for a draped dress because that’s what’s shaping itself as I drape the pieces of cloth I cut out last week around the mannequin. Here’s where things stand as of the moment.

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What’s next?

Right now my dress is all pinned up and tied up to hold it in place on the mannequin. I ordered a sewing machine from Amazon yesterday. It is due to arrive tomorrow. I did not order the Brother sewing machine mentioned in Part 2. It was no longer available by the time I was ready to buy the machine. And I had changed my mind about it anyway because I had the crazy idea that after I finish the first dress I want to try to make a leather handbag. So I needed to get a more heavy duty machine. I saw a how-to video for making a leather handbag and I want to try it. So I purchased a SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine with Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate. I hope to be able to pay off for this machine in full by the end of the month.

SINGER 4423 Heavy Duty Extra-High Sewing Speed Sewing Machine with Metal Frame and Stainless Steel Bedplate

I don’t know how to use a sewing machine. My mother was teaching me a few years ago and I was starting to get the hang of it; but I had to send back the sewing machine on account of not being able to keep up the payments. Hopefully there will be enough how to sew videos on youtube to help me out because I don’t live close enough to my mother for her to resume teaching me to use a sewing machine.

The mannequin

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The mannequin is taller than I am so this dress will not be as short on me. She has 5 inches on me so the dress will probably reach just above my knees. Size wise we’re in the same range. My thighs are about an inch or so thicker and I have way more going on in the tush department. Roughly the same shoulder width. My arms are slightly bigger.

Some other style ideas I played with

salmon crepe de chine dress idea number 1

This was earlier in the day soon after the mannequin arrived. I think this style has some potential but I need dresses with room to spare. This wouldn’t work for me.

salmon crepe de chine dress idea number 2

The beginnings of the draped dress. The first draped look attempted. It’s longer and the draping and under layer are different.

It’s all fun until…

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It was easy enough to pin up and tie up the pieces of cloth and fashion a semblance of a dress. The hard part is going to be sewing this thing and making it not look like pieces of cloth stiched together.

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