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My sewing output has slowed down lately. Sometimes life outside my sewing room gets busier and sometimes my serger breaks down and my sewjo breaks down with it. Seems like every time I started to get excited about a project I’d remember I can’t use the serger and then tell myself to file the idea away for later.
However, Easter happened and my girls needed new dresses. I sucked it up and sewed up some adorable Boardwalk Wrap dresses in their sizes without the serger-just my regular sewing machines. You can see them over on the New Horizons Blog. I wanted to get pictures of all three of us cute and matching on Easter, but time before church ran short and the opportunity slipped away.
But it did give me the little boost I needed to make a navy maxi length Boardwalk Wrap Dress for myself! I’ve been wanting to since making my Mauve Boardwalk Wrap Top and realizing how flattering the pattern is and how gorgeous rayon challis drapes. I’m calling it my Mother’s Day Dress even though I’ve already worn it three times!
Since my serger is out of commission, I had to go back to the way my mother taught me to finish raw edges. I don’t own pinking shears, so I zig-zagged all the raw edges after sewing the seams. It doesn’t feel as professional as serging the seams, but it works just fine.
I made a few new fit adjustments to the pattern. Like my Mauve Boardwalk Wrap Top, I widened the shoulders of this Boardwalk Wrap Dress to accommodate my broad shoulders. I also shortened the bodice again. However, I shortened the bodice above the bust line in the armscye instead of at the bottom of the bodice. As I wore my Mauve Boardwalk Wrap Top, I realized the bust dart was too low for my bust! After pinching and fidgeting, I decided the best option was taking out the length just on the front above the bust.
Now the dart is pointing to the apex of my bust and the bodice lays across the front of my shoulders a bit more nicely.
Because I took out length from the armscye, I also took out length from the front part of the sleeve from the sleeve cap all the way to the sleeve hem. It worked out nicely and I’m even happier with the sleeves than I was before.
I’m loving the new dress and I’m getting so many compliments on it from my husband! And if you’re loving it too, there’s good news! New Horizons Designs is running a sale! All spring and summer patterns ( including the Boardwalk Wrap Dress) are 25% off until May 7.
If I were you, I would make sure you’ve got a couple of other New Horizon Patterns in your collection while you’re at it. Here are a few of my favorite New Horizon makes: Deer Creek Dress and Tunic, Dublin Dolman, Riviera Raglan, Valencia Top. But you can browse all the patterns on sale by following this link!