And happy sewing, everyone!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
When I left off sharing the insides of this dress, I was working on the skirt, which includes a layer of Pellon. Watch out, my hips and I are coming through!
There is a bit of seam binding in there, surprise, surprise! I rarely make it through a project these days without adding a bit of the stuff.
It will not replace my favorite technique, but I love having different options.
And a bit of thread tracing is still a good idea, no matter which technique is used!
And, of course, the facing . . .
Lots and lots of buttonholes!
It's funny, I have done this so many times, I actually find it relaxing.
(Provided I am not working on a deadline, or in the dark - bound buttonholes are definitely a day time activity!)
I also underlined the bodice with a plain cotton. It didn't seem fair to give the skirt so much extra body, only to ignore the bodice pieces!
The piping is then basted to the bodice. It also finished the neckline as well.
I often make a belt to match back to a fitted waist dress, but every once in a while it is nice to be reminded of other possibilities.
For the view I chose, the back bodice buttons closed, but just to the waistline. That means a side zipper is needed to get in and out of the dress.
Because the bottom of the skirt is cut on a straight edge, a nice deep hem is an option. It also adds a bit of weight to a hemline that might like to fly up at an inopportune moment!
And that is the dress!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
But I think I am going to wait until next year to pull out more of the stuff seeing as the weather (while quite warm during the day) has changed. There is a definite chill in the air each morning and evening.
Like a few other projects, this one got sidelined for a while, but I certainly did not forget about it. And it feels really good to complete something! Maybe I should pull out a few other works in progress . . . the sense of accomplishment is rather nice.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I think Amy has created a clever approach for someone interested in learning to make their own self-made wardrobe. There is a lot of wonderful information contained within the pages of her new book, but it remains very approachable. The illustrated diagrams are clear and concise, and the overall layout of the book is easy to follow. And best of all, while working your way through several iterations of one basic pattern, you cannot help but learn how to do the same for any design you come across in the future.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I like to offset the hook & eyes from the center back zipper - I feel like it cuts down on any possible bulk, although I may be deluding myself that this makes a difference.
I basted that foldline in place (that's the green thread) and removed those pesky pins. (The pink stitches were my original guess at a hemline.)