Now that classes are over, I am decompressing by spending some time with my sewing machine. Between my desire to relax and my new-found free time, I was able to finish my dress over the weekend! I am very pleased with how it turned out.
Of course, I see all of the little faults with it. For example, I think I'm going to restitch the lining because it's pulling awkwardly on the front of the bodice. I also need to figure out how to deal with pattern sizing and ease, as the dress is a little large through the shoulders. These are all things (learning to accept faults, paying attention to details, and dealing with ease) that I expect to get better at as I sew more. Still, learning what to learn is progress!
I've already started on my next sewing project: Colette Patterns' Peony dress. This is a pattern I hope to reuse, so I transferred my size of the pattern onto something sturdier (I have no idea exactly what the woman at JoAnn's sold me, but it seems like interfacing without the iron-on part). Now that I have a good copy of the pattern, I hope to cut out the fabric sometime this week!