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Aug. 21st, 2009 10:52 pm
woolmyth: (happy - kaylee)
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I just completed (successfully!) the trickiest piece of sewing I've done since the last time I made a corset. Let it be known that Simplicity 2801 (http://www.simplicity.com/p-1728-misses-dresses.aspx) is not an easy pattern. Not that it claimed to be, but it's far more difficult than I've come to expect of Simplicity patterns. Getting the bodice attached to the skirt was quite a challenge. That spot right in the front where all those nice diagonal seam lines come together...yeah. The neckline was also difficult, but I did that last Monday.

Many thanks to my one sewing class in college, which taught me that it's perfectly fine to rip out the same 5 inches of stitches as many times as it takes to get it right. Many thanks also to Megasus, whose advice (originally on the subject of zippers, long ago) was that sometimes you just have to use a needle and thread and stitch it by hand first before going over it with the machine.

And on that note of triumph, I'm stopping for the evening.

I also finished my puzzle, and successfully ignored the dishes until it was too late to do them. And it's all thundery outside, which is delightful.

Date: 2009-08-22 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azbound.livejournal.com
You are the very embodiment of "Make it work!!"

Congrats!!

Date: 2009-08-22 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamtigress.livejournal.com
I am very curious as to how it becomes too late to do the dishes.

Congrats on the successful sewing !

Date: 2009-08-22 03:37 pm (UTC)
fireandearth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fireandearth
I try to make after 10pm quiet time so as not to keep the little old Turkish lady whose first floor I'm renting awake all night long. Crashing pots and dishes around directly under her bedroom late at night seems rude.

Date: 2009-08-22 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vvalkyri.livejournal.com
i love the 'designers inspiration' drawings, but zomg the fabric/sleeves in the dresses the models are wearing. eep. what does your finished product look like?

Date: 2009-08-22 03:39 pm (UTC)
fireandearth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fireandearth
Well, it's not done yet, but it's a light-weight cotton jaquard - darkish green with a light pattern/texture woven in the same color. And I'm doing the longest skirt length and no sleeves.

Date: 2009-08-22 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vvalkyri.livejournal.com
MUCH nicer sounding than what's on the package picture!

Date: 2009-08-22 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megasus4.livejournal.com
Ah...you're welcome :) So you basted something that wasn't a zipper? I know I can simply not stand to rip out five inches of stitches more than, say, once.

Date: 2009-08-23 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I only ripped it twice before giving up on doing it successfully with just the machine. I hand basted the bodice-to-skirt seam in the center...way too complicated a seam.

Date: 2009-08-24 02:43 pm (UTC)
reedrover: (Default)
From: [personal profile] reedrover
Congratulations on the triumph of accomplishment that you can then show off multiple times!

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