Before I sew it again, I need to fine tune the pattern pieces. With the underdress, I merged over three sizes from the waist to the hemline. With the upper dress pieces, I knew the underarm and the hem were correct and I merged that line just before sewing the side seam. It...
... turned out just fine but for next time, I'd prefer to fix it first. I love when a pattern is clean and trued and I can just cut, sew, and thoroughly enjoy the rhythm of putting the pieces together.
Even with a smooth fit through the sides, I can take the dress on and off over my head without needing an opening so I plan to baste the placket opening to the under dress and then sew a false placket on top wrapping it over the neck binding and around to the back to give a tab look.
Here's how the front looks unfinished. I'm disappointed that the angles on the skirt aren't more obvious. Perhaps it's the striped look of the fabric influencing the affect, but they look more like a mistake than a design element on my dress as compared to the pattern envelope. Next time, I'd be tempted to make the angle more obvious and...
... I'd lower the elastic shirring closer to my actual waist. It feels annoying up this high - so annoying that I might actually...
... lower it on this dress once I finish everything else and see how I feel about it. Right now, it's only OK, not fabulous... which leaves room for improvement... and this is good.
Howard is working until noon tomorrow and then we're off to our friend's retirement party about three hours away, spending the night, and returning Sunday. While I'm gone, my house is going to fill up with young men and next week the guys are away on their annual trip to Creationfest and I am taking a sewcation to work on some new ideas. I won't be blogging. I'll be sleeping in, moving slow, and doing whatever I want to do. I will be back the week after.
Today, it's blog, run, breakfast out with my other Dad, journal, and a few errands and then I'll clean my studio, tidy things up, touch my stash, look at all the notions and embellishments, bits and pieces that are stored here, there, and everywhere, decide what stays and what goes, pull out what I want to work on next, and get ready for my sewcation. YES YES. I'm really looking forward to playing.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - the learning and encouragement of experimentation
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson