Do you ever feel like sewing patterns and the resulting garments you make from them or the process of sewing is somewhat like building a jigsaw puzzle? Over the last couple of weeks, I have been puzzling out how to make my next version of NL 6022.
I knew I wanted to use a silk twill I had in my stash, but it’s a little sheer to wear without a lining or a slip.
So what to do? My pattern is not a lined dress. The low scooped neckline and shortness of the dress would require an unusually low bodiced and short full slip. I looked high and low for a slip pattern that might work, to no avail. I thought to line the dress, but I didn’t have a good lining that worked with this color combo. I really wanted to keep the brightness of the cream and orange and all my linings were too taupy and toned the colors down. I opted to buy silk batiste (on Carolyn’s suggestion) from Farmhouse Fabrics. I wanted a like fabric for the lining to keep the lightness of the dress.
The next puzzle was, if I lined it, how do I change/adjust the construction of the dress? I spoke to a number of my friends about this issue and underlining the silk twill with the silk batiste was the consensus. Funnily enough, I seem to recollect that I might have thought of that a few weeks ago when I originally ordered the silk batiste, but had forgotten it in the interim. Oh well.
Now, I am puzzling the seam allowance finishes. With an underlining, a french seam might be too bulky. Claudine suggested today that I might press the seam allowances under and machine stitch. And I think that’s just what I am going to do.
Last night I cut out the silk batiste (just the front and back sections), discovered I had forgotten to cut out the neck binding piece from the fashion fabric and basted the underlining to the body of the dress. After I cut the neck binding, I will be set to stitch up this dress right quick.
But not tonight… Tonight I am going to be sipping a margarita on the Upper West Side. Jealous?
So what do you think? Is the process of sewing like a jigsaw puzzle? Where you ferret out the pieces and slowly put them together? Do other sewists enjoy jigsaw puzzles like me? Do you think jigsaw puzzle people are naturally inclined to sew? Hmmm…. Things to ponder.
Random Elizabeth trivia fact: In numerology, I am a 4, as my best friend Cayce is gleefully fond of telling me. The 4 life path is about stability and process. I hate process. I always want to get from A to Z without having to pass any of the other letters. I chose singing as my first career because I was already a good singer from the get go. I didn’t need to practice to sound good (or so I thought at age 12 when I chose my path). Needless to say I discovered differently as the years of training and, yes, practice were needed and followed. When I first learned to sew, I wanted to make all the complex garments right away. Two, almost three, years later, I am still plodding along with my learning process. Everything I’ve chosen to do in my life has involved process: singing, mosaics, sewing. Apparently I need lots of lessons in process. 😉 I think jigsaw puzzles are about process too. Each piece leading to another until the whole comes together. Perhaps I am unknowingly attracted to the things which will teach me about process. Or it could be a chicken and the egg thing. Which came first?