|Ta da! And Ringo looks on approvingly.|
|I prefer it without the belt for that comfy, stop having to hold my stomach in look|
|My wee sis says it's better with the belt|
|Shouting at my boyfriend who was trying to get photos of my double-chin. He succeeded.|
Idle Fancy blog and her Autumn of 1000 Shirtdresses sewing challenge (running till 10th December), I thought bugger it, let's do this! I also was comforted by the fact there was complete sewalong support in the Craftsy class by none other than the designer of the pattern, Alexia Abegg, also a Cotton + Steel alumni.
|Who needs weights when you have Bonnie and the Wee Man|
|Two rows of gathers|
|Gathered back bodice attached to yoke|
|Collar taking shape|
|Plackets before (left) and after (right)|
|Woohoo, I have an almost dress!|
|How I'll always think of buttonholes now|
|Check how smug that buttonhole foot looks in this stock photo. Yeah, well real life ain't always like stock photos!|
Something else also helped, and that was the three special editions of the Great British Sewing Bee, this time with celebrities, for the sake of Children in Need (a national charity in Britain and a cause that the BBC has lovingly backed for decades).
|Veering into Fawlty territory but he's still got it|
this tutorial I found online (I understand better when I can see pictures). And at last, it worked! My euphoria was short lived when I took seam ripper to dress and tried to open the button hole and this happened:
|And yes I did pin each buttonhole thereafter|
|Nice wee sleeve tab if I may be so bold|
|Love that gathered back|
|That daftie Bonnie climbed up inside the sleeve of my dress then got herself stuck when Baby started attacking her|
There were a few techniques that were nearly the undoing of me, and some that went fairly smoothly despite any lack of skill on my part. Call it beginner's luck. If I had known what a challenge a dress with a collar and buttons would be, I may not have attempted this pattern for a good long while. But I was blissfully unaware and fortune favours the ignorant sometimes.
Having finished the dress last Friday night, I was able to wear it the next day to: a sale in my favourite local fabric shop; a vinyl record fair; and then the final dressmaking class of my 4-part course. My teacher and the sewing studio owner were so complimentary about my dress, I felt a million bucks. Even better than that, I actually felt quite nice in it. A turn up for the books these days!
|Everly Brothers vinyl porn|
- approx 2.5m (52" width) of cotton at $2 a metre
- navy and red thread from stash
- half a yard of mediumweight fusible interfacing from stash
- 10 red buttons from local fabric shop, $5.60 in total (I've never bought buttons before, so no idea if this was expensive or not. I bought the cheapest they had though!)
- Craftsy sewalong class and dresskit including Frances pattern and 3.2m of Cotton+Steel Tangrams in Indigo USD$64.14 (including taxes and shipping to Canada)
- playlist: everything by The Everly Brothers