Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall for Cotton : The Odds Are Stacked Against Me...

Those of you who follow my Facebook page will know that I haven't been very well.  Last week I was hit by the flu, which then morphed into bronchitis.  It hit me so hard that I did absolutely no sewing last weekend.  In fact, I was in bed for four days straight.

I know that the Fall for Cotton deadline is fast approaching, and with that in mind, yesterday afternoon I was feeling well enough to go to work on my dress.  I wasn't moving at any where near my usual pace, but it was nice to actually be doing something.

Stella has been a fantastic nurse while I've been sick.  She has never been too far away.  And while I was sewing she took a nap in the fabric I've reserved for the skirt.

Miss Stella needs a hair cut... I'll add that to the list of things I need to do...

After I finished cutting out the pieces I attached the piping to the decorative pieces.  First I pinned it:

Then I sewed a line of stitching basically over the line of the stitching on the piping:

Then I clipped the curves so it would lay flat:

I repeated these steps for all the pieces and then layed them out so I could feel clever:

I was still feeling ok so I sewed the bodice of the dress together and pinned the decorative piped pieces to the bodice.  Then I stood back and felt really clever!

So its not perfect (for instance the top piping line on the back isn't on straight) but its a start.  And it didn't take too long and I didn't have to put in much effort.  I've made a start hand sewing on the decorative bits, but I haven't gotten really far with that.  My aim is to rest a lot and to have the hand sewing done by the weekend so I can hopefully finish the dress on Saturday.  If I don't manage to finish it this weekend, I won't make it into the Fall For Cotton Sew-along.  So everyone cross your fingers for me, ok?

Due to the fact that I have barely sewn a stitch recently, this is my only blog post this week.  I'll be back next week with (fingers crossed) this finished dress!



  1. Your bodice is fantastic! I'm so impressed. You really are an inspiration!XO

    1. Thanks Amber! I hope you check back in and see the finished product - I've just loaded the photos :)

  2. Oh, poor Beccie! Early this autumn I had the flu as well, and my daughter too, and I had even a broken toe. My "Fall for Cotton" dress is non-existing. I doubt I make it in time. With 2 little ones it was just impossible. But then, I'm happy the little princess is well again.

    Your dress looks very promising. I am amazed, you always have so wonderful ideas and realise to turn them into the most beautiful dresses! I hope you can continue and finish with this gorgeous dress! And get well soon! Doris

    1. Thats such a shame you won't get your dress done Doris! I really hope you make it anyway because I ADORE your fabric. I adore it so much I have 5 metres of it sitting in my sewing room right now!

    2. Yes, I am excited to see what you are going to make from that fabric. You will probably finish earlier than me. I bump into chairs and rocking horses at least once a day with my broke toe. No wonder it won't get better.
      Of course I'm disappointed, it was my fist sew-along ever.