• Other stuff

    What happened to all the dresses?

    hmmmm…

    When I first started sewing I thought it would be the perfect way to indulge my addiction to dresses. Somewhere along the way I ended up making a lot of tops, a few dresses and not much else! So where did all the dresses go? And all the other plans I had?!

    This revelation struck me as I was ironing my nice white fabric with red polka dots ready to make another top. Firstly, I stopped because it seemed the washing machine hadn’t gotten it very clean… hmm where are these dirty marks from?! And secondly, once I had stopped I did some thinking about skirts.

    It’s nearly summer and I don’t have many skirts. Very few for work especially. So how about a polka dot skirt? I have a prima pattern for an A-line skirt saved up for the task and from what I hear they’re simple enough to make. So I’ve re-washed my fabric ready to start this very soon.

    I also made a promise to myself to figure out why I have a lot of fabric, and a lot of dress patterns, but very few FINISHED dresses! “Finished” is the core issue as I have FOUR partially completed lying in my sewing corner and plenty more that I’ve plotted but not started.

    One of my UFOs (Unfinished Objects) is a lovely pale green dress using a quilting fabric from The Skep – Knitting and Quilting shop in Farsley and a pattern from the book Famous Frocks by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt.

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis dress

    I’m so close with this dress. I just need to power on. The pockets need refitting before I can sew the skirt to the top. Then I can wear it to work!

    Anna Maria Horner, innocent crush voile in “Shattered”

    Another is made from Anna Maria Horner fabric, the “Shattered” voile from the Innocent Crush line.

    I bought the fabric very early on in my sewing career and immediately started sewing a Butterick 4443. WHY?! I should have held onto this fabric until I knew what I was doing and made something better than 4443 out of it?! Chuh. Now I look at it and think is there a way to turn this into a different dress?! I don’t think there is but I keep looking.

    I should just finish it and hope I like the outcome.

    The “why haven’t I finished you?” green striped dress

    Third there is a green striped number which I finished poorly and it started to unravel before I’d even worn it! So I unpicked it to redo the waist seam using my overlocker. But then I never actually rebuilt it!

    The reason is that it has an elastic waist casing and I doing HATE elastic casings even though they fit me great. I always make them about 1mm too small and work up a sweat trying to thread the stupid safety pin through. But I do love this fabric and the dress would be so easy to wear to work or during relaxing times so I should get my butt into gear and finish it!

    Finally I have my Vogue 8723 Ikea dress to finish. It’s mocking me even now while pinned to my mannequin. But something is throwing me off. I can’t tell if the fit is off or is it the slightly too dark lining fabric or possibly the fact I didn’t understitch the seams properly? Well whatever it is I want to get back into this dress soon!!

    All very shameful I know. I need to remedy this problem asap. I have so many other things I want to sew I’m getting so tormented about what to work on!! I need some organisation in my sewing life and to stop being seduced by new projects.

  • Other stuff

    Sewing inspiration V8723

    It’s not that I don’t have any original ideas but I like to see if other people have had better ideas. For example there is nothing unsensible with googling other people’s V8723 dresses.

    For instance Spatastic’s yellow version is cute but not my colour and it’s good to know where she had problems.

    Jorth’s spotty version captured my attention because I’m a crazy spot fiend.

    And though I’m not brave enough to wear a totally white dress this version by Terri is so girly and pretty I’d like to twirl around in it in a field of daisies.

    Ahem back to reality. I think I’ll make this out of a fairly sturdy cotton from ikea.

    And if it goes well I’ll remake one or both of these two…

    God I love a good pop of stripes or a clash of spots!