I’ve finally hemmed my dress and I wore it to work yesterday. I hope to get some photos over the weekend as it is pitch black when I get home in the evening. The mornings are chaos; so whilst the light is gorgeous, getting me and boy out of the door by 7:30 is, erm, interesting!
But that’s not what I’m dragging my heels about. The scuffing in the carpet leading to my sewing room is all about the P word. Peony. Yup, the dress that seems to be the hardest dress to get the fit right on.
I know I’ve already made one version here. But believe me that the fitting for that was dirty. I literally graded between two sizes, sewed the thing together and wore it.
There are a number of things that are ‘off’ with it. The shoulder seam is on the outside of my shoulder rather than on it. The armscye ends somewhere around the middle of my bust. The darts are close to being in the right place but are too high. There’s also quite a lot of excess fabric under the girls which needs sorting.
So, Saturday night (in the company of Strictly) I sat on our living room floor and re-traced the pattern. I traced the correct size according to my high bust measurement and then did a proper FBA. I tissue fit the bodice, marked my apex and then sorted out the dart placement and shaping. All my usual fitting adjustments have been made; front, back and sleeve.
The flat pattern adjustments are done. Finished and finito.
All I have to do is make a toile of the thing. And that’s where I’m dragging my heels. I’m scared that I’m going to get stuck in a hideous round of toile after toile after toile of this dress – which is ridiculous really!
I guess I’m judging the pattern by its reputation rather than trusting it and my adjustments. Seriously, there are four darts in the front, two in the back, two side seams and two shoulder seams. I’ll then have a reasonable idea of where its heading. If it looks OK I can put the sleeves in and then it’s final tweak time. It’s not a lot of cutting or sewing. Maybe an hour? Two at most? Definitely no more than an evening anyway!
Sheesh, I should just get this done. I could be cutting wool and lining within 24 hours if I stop procrastinating and even have a dress within 48… Time to stop dithering and get on with it…
And if you fancy some a stitchy surprise under the tree in December, have a look at the Sew Very Merry Christmas Swap I’m organising – Just under 10 more days to add your name if you fancy it!