Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sewing again

Last weekend was so full of holidays I didn't get to sew at all. It was my daughter's birthday and also her anniversary as well as Mother's day. I don't think I sat still for 4 days.
So today I was determined to sew no matter what. Like most women I don't have large blocks of uninterrupted time.
I felt even more guilty when my pen pal answered my last letter and wanted to know if the dress was done yet. Done? I've barely started.
So today I did the stay-stitching to keep the neck from stretching. Then I sewed the bodice sides to the bodice front. The next step is to sew the ties.

I couldn't find the ties I'd cut out to save my life. I searched through each pattern piece, searched the scraps. Put each cut out piece in a bag one by one. Looked under and over the chair where I had everything stacked.

I gave up and decided to hop in the shower. As I bent down to pick up my clothes, my eyes spied something purple. That sucker had slid off the chair, accordianed itself up into a 2"x2" square and into a box of stuff next to the chair. Well, at least I found it now.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Motivation is a weird thing. I suddenly got motivated to make a corset. Then I can wear it with the dress. So I took a little detour to corset land using a video I found on Threadbangers.

You know how it is when you have a kid and you can't get them into the tub, and then once they are in, you can't get them out? Sewing is like that for me. I couldn't seem to get into it, so I decided to work on the corset 30 minutes and the dress 30 minutes. It took me 30 minutes on the corset just to press it and mark the boning channels and get an idea of where the grommets would go, then the timer dinged. I had only just sat down at the sewing machine and my 30 minutes were up! So I went ahead and sewed the four boning channels and added the boning and then I topstitched around the perimeter and ironed it all again. Here is a photo of me trying it on.