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Slow but sure

2011 December 5
by elizabeth_admin

Who are these people who whip up a dress in two days???  Do you work on them non-stop for 48 hour stretches???  Do you sew at warp speed?

I have been working steadily on my NL 6067 in the most delicious silk from Elliott Berman.  To refresh your memories, here is the pattern picture.

I cut it out on Thursday, started sewing on Friday night, then Saturday morning and Saturday evening, and then both Sunday morning and evening.  And what do I have to show for all that work?  Only the shell and the lining with facing so far.  People, they’re not even sewn to each other yet!!!  Am I the slowest sewist ever? ARGH!!!!

In other sewing news though…



It sews like a dream.  I love manipulating the stitch length.  There’s something so satisfying about working with a metal machine that is a machine, rather than pushing buttons on a plastic computer sewing machine.  The stitch is gorgeous.  It’s so satisfying to sew on the Featherweight in fact, that I don’t know if I will ever go back to the Viking Emerald.  Well, maybe I will when I need to sew with a zigzag stitch or want to have two machines set up for different color threads or top-stitching, etc.  But definitely, my Featherweight will be numero uno.  Thanks again Peter for getting me over my Singer Featherweight hump!

Here’s a couple of sneak peeks on my progress so far.

Lining + facing


Front bodice pleats

Happy sewing!

15 Responses leave one →
  1. December 5, 2011

    Well, so far that is looking gorgeous – LOVE that fabric. Slow and steady wins the race.

  2. December 5, 2011

    Fabulous! I love the fabric. Can’t wait to see it on you!

  3. Rosie permalink
    December 5, 2011

    It’s looking quite lovely so far E! Gorgeous fabric :-).

  4. Podbod permalink
    December 5, 2011

    OMG that fabric is GORGEOUS! And I love your label.
    I can’t get my head around this “speed sewing” malarkey either, I sew at the speed of a dopey tortoise – and the idea of sewing a whole garment in the space of a weekend just makes my head spin.
    Still I keep trudging along, and you never know, one day….?

  5. December 5, 2011

    Loving that fabric! (and there’s nothing wrong with being slow… I think it’s best to simply admit it and sign on for the support you need…) xos

  6. December 5, 2011

    looking great – i love this print

  7. December 5, 2011

    Ooo looking good! I don’t think I am a fast sewer at all, and it takes me a long time to make anything complicated (as in lined, lots of pieces, etc.). I can whip out things like knit tops and skating costumes pretty fast, but they don’t require a lot of pieces, or a lot of pressing, or any of the other time consuming things like making a nice dress. In any case, can’t wait to see the finished project!

  8. December 5, 2011

    Hurray, another straight-stitcher convert!

  9. December 5, 2011

    You won’t go naked if you don’t finish it fast enough. Enjoy the process.

  10. December 5, 2011

    Wow that fabric is stunning! And if it fits as well as the muslin did it’s gonna be a knock out!

  11. December 5, 2011

    Great fabric – can’t wait to see the finished dress. Some people must be able to sew really fast, but I’m not one of them!

  12. December 5, 2011

    Those people who whip up a dress in a few days? Don’t have kids…surely!

  13. December 5, 2011

    I can sew a dress in a couple of days, but as Chloe guessed above – I don’t have kids. I also don’t have a job. I do have a very understanding husband who is quite happy to cook his own (and my) dinner when he gets in from work so that I can carry on sewing.


  14. December 6, 2011

    That is looking BEAUTIFUL. I have my fast moments and my slow moments… I’m in a slow one right now.

    So excited that your Featherweight is working for you. I think I need to adjust the belt on mine—it slips a lot, which makes it less useful on heavier fabrics than I think it ought to be.

  15. December 6, 2011

    This is going to be a stunning dress!

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