Anyway, one night I found this fabulous pattern, in my size!!!
And I knew immediately that I had the perfect fabric, but still I hesitated, and it was only after some (minimal) arm twisting when I posted the picture on my facebook page that I purchased it.
I was drawn to the dress on the right - version 2 with the double peplum - and the perfect fabric in my stash was this vintage rayon that I purchased on Etsy some time back.
Its covered in martini glasses!!!
I was so excited about this project that it jumped the queue of all my other projects and I just had to sew it next.
My first few stitches on my sewing machine were not happy ones however. It kept jamming and it was tearing holes in the fabric... eek!!! I did some investigating, and:
*cough* maintenance is not my strong point *cough*
I got this much fluff and yuck out of and around the bobbin casing:
That seemed to solve my problem, and I sewed up the bodice with no more jamming. Its actually a fabulous, easy to sew design!
Here is a close up of the gathers in the V neck:
I am debating removing some of the fullness at the waist, but thats just going off how it looks on my headless helper, I haven't measured it yet.
The next job was working on the peplum pieces, as they are sewn into the right side skirt seam. This involved a new skill for me - ROLLED HEMS!
I actually found a brilliant Youtube video that explained it really well (you can find it here). Its long but very informative. Here is my short, non-video version.
1. Insert a needle about 1/8" from the edge, fold the fabric over, and make the pattern shown in the picture below starting with a stitch over the fold down to the edge of the fold, take a teenie stitch through the underneath fabric only, then go back up to the fold, insert your needle and take a big stitch so the thread goes in between the two layers. Repeat ad nauseam.
I've outlined the thread path in pretty colours. GREEN is the stitches you can see, YELLOW are the little teenie stitches you can see from the other side of the fabric, and PURPLE are long stitches in between the two layers.
2. Once you have a bunch of stitches done (I was working to about 15) you tug on the thread and it all rolls up neatly, like magic!!
3. I then ran the back of my needle under the roll to neaten everything up:
Its a tad blurry, sorry.
I found it handy to do this on a pillow on my lap, because I then put in a pin at the second to last stitch to secure the fabric to the pillow before I did my next 15 stitches.
It was actually quite a relaxing process, and a good repetitive stitch that was perfect to do in front of some trash TV (I love trash TV)
And that's as far as I've gotten on this one. I hope to have it finished to wear to a sewing group meet-up that I'm going to on the 3rd of May. I figured I should wear something that I've created.
So, what's you're favourite TV show to hand-sew or do other chores in front of?
Mine is anything relating to girls trying on wedding dresses, Don't Tell The Bride - where the boys plan the weddings in 4 weeks without any help or contact from the girls, the UK version of Come Dine With Me - the announcer is hilarious, and How Do I Look - where people with truly tragic and misguided fashion are convinced to undergo a makeover.