Something unthinkable has happened…
I’m not digging my fishy dress anymore.
I still LOVE the fabric to death but I feel like I’m letting it down with how I’m using it.
Is this a crisis of faith?
I was too smug wasn’t I. Not posting pictures and dancing with glee about it. And now I look at what I’m making properly and I’m not sure I’ll want to wear it when I’m done!
Or is this just a result of my awful day?
It has been a stinker. If I’m honest I don’t feel the bestest either. I have a headache and feel slightly nauseous and grimly. Maybe that’s skewing my perception?!
I haven’t put the waist band in yet so it looks like a giant tent. Generally my sewing is up to standard apart from a ropey bit of hem that I want to redo.
I think it’s just coming off mumsy if that’s even possible. The necklines not low enough or high enough and the hem is looking far too long.
I’ve given up for the night. Not sure if I’ll be feeling the love again in time to finish it for dinner Saturday but I could alter my time frame and aim for next Saturday by which point maybe I’ll be loving it again.
Or have come up with a way to fix it.
I’m doing the right thing aren’t I? Sleeping on it and evaluating over the weekend?
This post starts and ends with Burda.
First I want to shout “I bought a Burda Magazine”!! I finally got the courage up to buy one. I know it’s only £4.75 but I’ve never seen more than one pattern in there to make it worth buying and the lack of seam allowance/crap instructions scared me off. But this one is chock full of patterns I’m eager to make!
All to be picked up AFTER a couple of current projects.
I’m trying a new zen approach to sewing. I do a little bit at a time and stop when I start to get irate or stressed!
So my fishy dress is progressing slowly and surely.
I tried to put pleats in the front. I swear I did. But they just would not go in straight or neat or even sized or anything. Blerrrrgh. So I ditched them.
I’ve also been deliberating the best way to attach my collar and performing little trials is helping me learn.
All this work and NO photos. Well I put a sneak peek on Instagram the other day but I want a big reveal!! I was a bit gutted my reveal wasn’t yesterday to coincide with Oona’s promaballoona. But I’d rather reveal it next weekend instead than have it be out in the world too early.
It’s my precious and I’ll reveal it when I want to!!
Have you seen the subject of this year’s Tessuti Awards? I only saw it thanks to Julia Bobbin but in a way I wish I hadn’t! This is like my dream competition!! A spots and/or stripes dress contest with an unbelievable cash prize that I could use to get back to Oz!! I love Australia and want to go back desperately.
The thing that is getting to me (and it’s a perfectly reasonable thing for Tessuti to ask) is that you can only use Tessuti fabric. But it’ll take 10 days to deliver worldwide and cost $30 just to ship the fabric!
With the deadline of Sept 19th and me going away the 7th – 14th of Sept, I’ll end up with no time to sew if I have to wait 10 days for delivery!
OH WHY DIDN’T I SPOT THIS EARLIER!?!?
(even the pun hasn’t perked me up)
Finally a bit more Burda….
I’ve been downloading the free Friday patterns from Burda Style. Rather impressed a major company like them would give away patterns, though obviously it’s not every Friday. Is there a pattern to their giveaways? No pun intended, the word I need is ” pattern”!
I got the Sadie pattern and thought ooh this looks simply and sweet and a great trial into the world of Burda. I also smiled because I have a friend called Sadie.
I’d not been very successful with jersey in the past. I tried to reproduce this Modcloth dress months ago by mis-aligning the stripes and using red top-stitching. Lets just say my finished product was super sloppy.
It was my first attempt though and the jersey was £1 a metre from my favourite place that I’m sure you’re all sick of me mentioning.
I hacked up my efforts for Sadie but kept the misalignment of stripes and top-stitching down the centre front and back.
I used the same jersey to make sleeve binding but attached it a) in the wrong order and b) with the wrong technique so it sticks out a bit more than anticipated.
I kind of like it though. It’s like I rolled up the sleeves when I put it on.
I attached my neck facing correctly thank goodness.
I then realised it was rather short for my tastes hence the weird regular stripes at the bottom that creates that big black wedge on one side and the top-stitching stops abruptly.
I’m proud of the top-stitching though. And I’m not going to be afraid of jersey in the future (Sergei the serger handled it well). Plus I’m going to make a Sadie again but definitely add a few inches to the bottom of the pattern.
Is it worth uploading to My Projects on Burda style though? I think not.
Maybe when I make my awesome red cape I’ll upload that instead!!