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    Truffle Progress

    After the death of my plaid top I wanted to bounce back into action and work on my Colette Truffle dress.

    Super exciting as it’ll be my Xmas party dress yaaay!!

    I’m using a gorgeous black and white polka dot satin I got at the Birmingham meet up.

    The dots are so cute and large and the satin feels great.

    After 3 muslins I got the darts in the right place and think the sizing is “spot on” for the bodice.

    So I’ve cut it out:

    And with some kick ass purple lining:

    But all my skirt muslins were atrocious. I can’t make the hip curve fit, or the darts work or match up with the bodice darts!!!

    Bah humbug*

    (*hey we’re almost at Christmas).

    So I’ve been debating leaving the Truffle unconquered for now. Well at least the bottom half.

    If I add another style of skirt on the bottom I don’t think I can call it a Truffle can I?

    I’m thinking possibly a TNT gathered skirt as I have them on most my dresses. Probably from my V8723 as it’s a good length.

    Or something new and exciting like a half circle skirt. Though my maths skills are a little rusty.

    Neeno used this tutorial for some of her half circle skirts.

    Hmmm if I’m going to change the skirt up and lose that wonderful talking-point flounce, maybe I should add some other feature?

    There’s even a tutorial  from the Selfish Seamstress to help me on my way.

    Though I’d have to re-cut the back bodice and move the zip to the size. Oh my gosh this is getting complicated.

    Any other suggestions to jazz up the dress without crazily redesigning everything?

    Maybe just lowering the back into a nice v would be enough excitement.

    Eeeeep!! I’m so excited to get this dress together but know I need to make some decisions.

    I’ve got until Dec 7th to sew it up but not a lot of free time before then.

    Best do some long hard thinking about this!!

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    Got to be sewing something….

    In sewing related news, I have yet to  finish my red polka dot skirt. I had to try finishing by carrying the machine through to the bedroom with a little table to work on while Jimi had his friend’s round for boy’s night but failed.

    Beryl loves it!

    I have also figured out why my Ikea scribbly dot print dress just doesn’t seem right.

    1) The neckline was way too high… hitting my throat high! I’m lowering it with crafty tactics to what you see on the mannequin. Much more flattering!

    2) I need a haircut. Can’t look nice in a prim dress if you have scraggly ratty hair.

    3) I have a stinking cold. Trying the dress on highlights how pasty and tired I am which is never going to help me like the dress.

    So there you have it! THREE legitimate reasons to leave the dress alone in order to like it more.

    By the way I’ve got a new addiction… in addition to sewing, I am also now addicted to singing songs where I change the lyrics to be about sewing. I may be turning a little deranged.

    Terrible, I know, but super fun! You should try it. Adam and Joe call it “A-pop-riation” (instead of Appropriation) on their radio show, where you sing the menial tasks of the day.

    You may remember I posted about changing the Prince song to “Little Red Lace Dress”. Lately I’ve been altering Michael Jackson’s “Got to be starting something” to “Got to be sewing something” as that pretty much is my default state lately.

    I’ve also been shouting in the style of Basement Jaxx when things are missing “WHERE’S MY PIN’S AT, AT, AT….”  which is more fun than saying “Where’s your head at”.

    And finally singing “Hold me closer tiny serger” when using my baby Singer overlocker. Sure Elton wouldn’t mind.

    Oh and I’ve nicknamed the overlocker “Sergei”… Let’s not worry too much about that.

    That means my mannequin has a name: Beryl, Sergei the Singer is taken care of, but my machine is yet to be named! Sure I’ll come up with something.

    I’ve also been spending a lot of time day dreaming/planning…

    She sells sea shells by the sea shore….
    Fake lace georgette! Love it
    Simple and sweet
    Stars in their eyes… Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be B4443!