....until I realised that this means twice the amount of the crappy jobs like cutting out, and darts, and underarm gussets, but more on that later!
After the Mad Men Dress Challenge where I turned the Gertie Wiggle Dress into a dress just like Joan wore, I knew it would be the perfect winter dress for me.
Warm, with sleeves, and a sexy curve hugging silhouette
So I purchased some more fabric in a couple of colours. One being the every popular and servicable black
Black Italian Herringbone wool from Gorgeous Fabrics
(Seriously, how gorgeous are the fabrics from Gorgeous Fabrics!)
and another, more unusual choice for me, a dark teal green wool crepe
Changes colour every time I look at it...
Now the green wool was inspired by these shoes...
You can find these shoes here
We all know this isn't the first time I've let what should be an accessory define the dress I make! I'm sure we all remember the tropical dress for the sparkly pineapple bag, or the cherry outfit inspired by another pair of shoes... anyway!
And the lining... I chose some lovely vibrant rayon.
Magenta for the green dress, and red for the black one
I had to retrace the pattern (sigh!) because I wanted to change the neckline again, so once I did that I cut out a couple of pieces using the lovely sheet we saw last week and pinned them together on my dress form. I then drew all over it with texta...
Somehow I managed to remember which lines were the ones I wanted, and I adjusted my pattern and started cutting. Which took forever. Since I'm fully lining the dresses I had to cut out the pattern 4 times! 5 pieces for the dress outer, 5 pieces for the dress lining, 8 gussett pieces, and front and back neckline facings for EACH DRESS!!!!
I seriously didnt think I'd get it done before the weekend was through! But I kept at it and by Sunday lunch time I had it all cut out... so I started on the darts.
Now, for some reason I HATE sewing darts! They are just a pain!! Totally necessary but a pain none the less. So I knuckled down and I sewed 24 DARTS!! 24!!!!
But that wasn't the worst of it. Next I had to do the underarm gussets - there are 16 in all. I've worked at this during the week and at this point I've done 10, and I'll have 6 to go when I start sewing again on Saturday. But I suppose all this repetition gives me the chance to master a technique...
I'm hoping to have both dresses finished this weekend because its a long weekend, so that means I have THREE DAYS TO SEW!!!! Wooooo!!!!!
Have you ever sewn more than one garment at once? How did you go?