A Megan is what you make it 

My Christmas and birthday gifts included the a copy of the Tilly and the Buttons book, but until a week or so ago I hadn’t got round to looking at it much. I knew a Megan dress would be a good starting point, as they feature in my timeline constantly. I’d got two metres of a pretty pink Liberty cotton lawn from the Knitting and Stitching Show in November. I’m not sure what the design is called, but it’s like tiny leaves. Pink isn’t a colour I wear too often but I liked the print and the gorgeous silky smooth feel of the fabric.   The cutting out of the fabric and interfacing was quick and simple. After this stage I then put the make to one side for a couple of days, only returning to it once away from home. As I was already compromising on space, I somehow seemed to opt to merely scan the instructions and then mostly do my own thing. The facings attached neatly, the gathers on the sleeves turned out fine and the hem is as straight as mine ever are, but my resolutions about improved finishes or indeed wish to learn anything as I went along were left by the wayside. Internal seams are not finished in any kind of professional way. The zip doesn’t *quite* line up at the top, plus there’s the obligatory pucker at the bottom – how DO you avoid that? The zipper tape is just exposed inside, although maybe all Megans are like that unless you decide to line the bodice? The fabric was lovely to work with, and aside from hemming the sleeves when for some unknown reason the cotton from the bobbin just kept knotting, the sewing itself was easy.  

 I’ve worn the dress once so far but did not appreciate how the wind ensured the dress followed my silhouette rather too closely, hence the absence of full length pictures.    

Skechers aren’t an ideal match for a girly dress, I realise, but they are practical for dog walks, and they do at least have a touch of pink!  

I know that should I make another, I really need to up my game and decide to take my time to improve the finishes, or experiment with different techniques as suggested by Tilly, or elsewhere. I’ve been enjoying observing my makes gradually becoming a little more complex or at least improving in finish, but feel like I took a couple of steps back with this make. I think need to take the advice I’m watching other people follow, and slow down and enjoy the process of making more. Any tips on what to do differently next time would be gratefully received. 

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6 responses to “A Megan is what you make it 

  1. Don’t beat yourself up too much. It looks like a useful make to me in a really pretty print 🙂 I found that I much preferred this style in a knit fabric, thus eliminating the need for a zip at all. Maybe try it in a knit next time?

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  2. I like the pattern, but maybe it wasn’t quite right for this dress? I haven’t made it yet myself so I really wouldn’t know. Sorry! I only order on line with places that let you buy samples first. Then if I don’t like the feel of it, or if they mess up on the delivery or service or the product then I don’t buy any more from them. I am looking for a cotton/Lycra denim now, so I might have to look on line.

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  3. I always get the zip pucker with the Megan too! So annoying and I can’t seem to figure out how to not get it either! I thought of inserting the zip using the method for the zippy top as that seems to be a neat zip, just not invisible! I really like the Liberty!!! And I don’t think this looks unflattering at all!!

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  4. What lovely fabric and infinitely nicer with trainers than a track suit, lol:)

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