Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Smuggler Dress Continues

As a child growing up, we think that when we're finally grown up we will know everything and that will be it. We'll have arrived. And then we find that life's not like that. At least not for me. In the past couple years, I've become increasingly curious about people, how they function, how they move through life. Everyone has a story. Their lives are a rich canvas of intricate details waiting to be discovered.

The first Design Outside the Lines retreat I attended showed me how small town I was and how narrow of a world I lived in. There is so much more to explore. Since then, I've made so many new and interesting friendships and I've been visiting a bigger world. It's good. There have been times when life felt very dull and I wondered how I would ever fill those endless hours and now, even though there are stressful things happening, there aren't enough hours to do all the things I want to do. Life is more like a fresh box of pencil crayons, beautifully sharpened, with the mix of favorites and not so favorites. It's good.

We got a lot done in the studio yesterday. The Smuggler's Dress continues. It's almost finished. I started back in by sewing the shoulder seams and adding the neck binding. Luckily, the dress slips easily over my head and the neckline is stabilized because my double needle absolutely refused to co-operate so the neckband is single stitched with no stretch.

The pattern is Lynn Mizono's Vogue 1410. The instructions call for sticky-outy pleats at the back. Instead, I sewed the pleats to the inside and then pressed them toward center and top stitched. I like this much better.

If you remember from last week's posting, I was combing fabric from The Smuggler's Daughter with a black from my stash to form the front. The back is just the smuggler fabric and the sleeves will be a combination of both. The pattern doesn't come with a sleeve so I'm adding the one from my T & T t-shirt which I have drafted in three lengths - full, three-quarter, and elbow.

I didn't want the sleeve to be black because it would create a jumper-ish look BUT... I wanted some of the black on the sleeve to make for more interest and to blend the center front panel better. Looking at it from the perspective of proportion, I decided to piece the space between a three-quarter and a full length sleeve with...

... two wider and one narrower strip of the black and two narrower strips of the smuggler fabric. Today, I'll finish the sleeves, sew them in, sew the underarm and side seams, finish the hem, add the button closure, and the dress will be done. That sounds like a lot more work than there really is. I'm looking forward to finishing it and moving on to my next piece.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - While I often have friends to stay and sew at my house, this is only the second time I've sewn at a friend's house. What a lovely gift.

As we grow up, we realize that it is less important to have lots of friends, and more important to have real ones.
- unknown


  1. I feel like a kid at Christmas, spotting little bits of fabric and pattern hints, hardly able to wait to see the whole picture! I'm so glad you're almost done so we can see the finished Mizono with sleeves and how you combined those two fabrics.

    1. I'll have the finished product as soon as possible. I'm hoping to wear it this weekend and get a "dressed up" image.


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