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I sewed!

2011 January 19
by elizabeth_admin

I hope you were sitting down when you read the title to my post.  I don’t want to cause any injuries from the surprise. 

After overthinking just a tad more last night, I bit the bullet and started to sew.  I am not pushing myself to construct the dress in an evening.  I want to take my time with this and do it right.  I love this fabric.  I love this dress patttern.  They deserve my loving attention. 

I was able to complete the pleats and the princess seams of the bodice.  I think I mentioned this before Xmas when I was working on the muslins, but damn if those princess seams are not extreme to the nth degree.  I had to pull out all the stops to get a pucker free seam.  I recently read on someone’s blog (sorry, can’t remember who right now.  You’ll have to give me a break as I have over 200 on my reader if you can believe it) that if you mark your stitching line with a row of stitching and then clip almost all the way to the line of stitches that the curve will then lay straight.  Well, that worked, but…  The curve was still much longer than the straighter side that I was stitching it to.  I had to clip the straight side with shorter clips to get it to stretch out as long as the curvier side.  Craziness!  In the end, I did get a pucker free seam, especially after pressing the heck out of it, but it does seem a little “full” on the curvy side if you know what I mean.  I hope I am able to fill it out.

I took pictures of the process, but my camera died, so I wasn’t able to upload them here.  I hope you will forgive the pictureless post.  I promise I will post some of the extreme princess seam tomorrow.  Who said sewing couldn’t be an extreme sport?

Tonight I will complete the front of the bodice and start working on the darts of the back pieces.  I’m starting to wonder if I am indeed the slowest sewist in the world.  Oh I made a rhyme! 

Happy sewing everyone.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. January 19, 2011

    I am right there with you on the podium for the worlds slowest sewist.

  2. January 19, 2011

    Talk about a slow sewer – that’s me! I guess I too much television/internet/telephone interaction and that does slow me down. It’s amazing how fast I sew in my mind though – there I can zip up a garment in no time flat. Your dress sounds like it is progressing very well – drat, I’m a little upset with your camera at the moment – I need some visual inspiration.

  3. January 19, 2011

    You are coming to Chicago in May for PR weekend?! Can’t wait to meet you there (um, you don’t know me, but I read your blog. a lot.) 🙂

  4. January 19, 2011

    I’m sure you’re not the slowest sewer …. in fact it’s probably better to sew slower, sew once and not sew something in a rush that you end up unpicking.
    Like you, I nearly always end up having a curvier side front panel compared to the CF piece and it can be hard to get it all to sit neatly. I’m glad yours is doing the right thing.

  5. January 20, 2011

    I’m a really slow sewer too! I can only sew at night after work and sometimes on the weekend. On a good night I come home at 6:30, and on a busy night I come home at 9:30 or 10 pm and then start sewing! I usually save the labor-intensive work like muslin and fitting on the weekend, and then leave the weekday nights to slowly work on construction.

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