It’s green – Butterick 5277

At our sewing weekend last week I spent much of my time on Saturday, trying to figure out why the neckline wasn’t sitting right. After whizzing the sleeves in, I had lunch and then as my blood sugar levels were refreshed, I saw that the sleeves were in the wrong way. I didn’t check where the neckline edge and sleeve hem edge were.

After what seemed like a good hour, I unpicked the sleeves and resewed them into the dress again. Did I mention that I’d done the same mistake to the lining? Yes it was painful, but I keep relearning that perseverance keeps me sewing.

At some point, I’ll transfer the marks from the pattern to the fabric so I don’t keep making the same mistake again.

The roll collar got lots of good comments from my sewing buddies and my work collegues but I realise that I need to make some quirky work so that my wardrobe doesn’t become boring.

I do have enough fabric in my stash to do a few challenging pieces and they are now on my sewing radar.

I will make this dress up again but without the collar in a patterned fabric. The neckline is a bit too wide to wear comfortably without feeling ‘showy’ so I’ll bring the neckline in by 1.5cm, add a contracting trim and see how it feels. Our weather is hot enough that wearing a sleeveless dress in the office with a light ‘cardy’ is acceptable.

Better photos

I had a good day wearing my wearable toile to work today.

front view
The photos I initially published were too dark – my apologies.
The photos on the dummy don’t show how well the dress fits me and it was really comfortable to wear. The dress still didn’t stick to me, even after a walk in the heat.
side view
You might be able to see the hot pink chiffon lining I used inside the dress. The lining was $2 for 2 metres, bought at Pitt Trading earlier this year.

back view
Did I say that the fabric was bought from a curtain shop in Homebush?
Everyone loved the roll collar and the fit of the dress. I’m hoping that in time, someone at work decides to take up sewing. Then I’ll never stop talking about sewing projects. I love it when projects work.

I’m back – Butterick 5277

I put Sunday aside to start working on the dress and would you believe, I finished it. Unbelieveable.

How did I stay focused after 2 months off?
I turned my computer off, turned off the telly and just took it one step at a time.

When I started to think negative thoughts I would say to myself – I’m talented, my sewing buddies are talented, I’m talented. That’s when I started to refocus again.

How did I put more quality into my work?
After reading about couture sewing, seeing a few couture fashion exhibitions in Dublin, Paris and London and I watched the Valentino film (The last emperor?) on the flight home, I used my dress maker dummy to do some final touches that I normally hate to do and (shock) steps that I by-pass.
I’m using Roberta’s technique of placing lace edging on the hems on lining and sometimes on the inside of the fabric hem itself.

What ignited my sewing bug?
We’ve got our annual sewing weekend on 14 and 15 November and the thought of taking that unmade boring fabric was killing me. The dress is a toile but it’s now part of my wardrobe.

Sharon’s done an amazing job of organising this year’s sewing weekend. She’s covered every aspect with such thought and professionalism. We’ve both followed Alison’s eye for detail. Alison organised the first two sewing weekends. I’ve organised two and Toni organised last year’s at Ferndale. Toni is now the conference organiser for the Sewing Guild. Toni has such drive and energy.

I also had a look at the dresses on sale at JC Penny’s, saw my fabric stash and thought, “I can do this next weekend.”