|I love this sweetheart neckline|
Although the end result is a dress that I'm unlikely to ever wear, I have learned so much from the whole process so I'm actually quite pleased to have gone through with it. In no order of importance, I've learned:
- To check what stitch the machine is set to before sewing. It was set to zig-zag, I popped in a quilting foot for 1/4" seam allowance and hit the pedal. Of course I smashed up the needle very dramatically, the machine made a very grumpy sound and I felt very very silly (but also v lucky - I remembered Tilly's accident with the broken needle). I'll be much more careful next time.
- Flip flops are not suitable footwear for sewing machine driving.
- French seams - who knew they were so easy? I love love love them.
- I am no good at cutting (see further below).
- In future, I must read the instructions, look at pattern pieces, check the instructions again. I think I over-estimate my ability to follow instructions, which is not good for a beginner. At some stages, I spent quite a lot of time with the old seam ripper, undoing very silly mistakes.
- Adding length to the bodice means adding length to the back facing. It didn't even occur to me that I should do this until the dress was finished! Also, next time I must remember to make a similar adjustment to the placing of the ties - I didn't adjust them, and so they now sit 1.5" too high.
- Pick a nice fabric.
- Wash-off fabric markers do not always wash off.
|hurrah for french seams!|
As I mentioned, I had some problem with cutting the pattern pieces. I traced the pieces (using Swedish tracing paper) and pinned those pieces to the fabric. So far, so good. But when it came to actually cutting out the pieces, it went a bit wrong. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't cut accurately. I have a silly dining table, totally unsuited to any craft work, so laid everything out on the floor and I used pretty decent tailors' shears. But still I ended up with inaccurately cut pieces, which made it difficult when putting together the garment. help please! Am I doing something wrong? Would I be better off using a rotary cutter instead of shears/scissors? Should I trace the pieces onto the fabric directly using carbon paper? Or is it just a case of practice makes perfect?
Any advice is most gratefully received.
So, what's next on the sewing list? A couple of tops, perhaps. Methinks I'll start with this:
I fished it out of the Liberty clearance bin in the January sale, and there's only 1 metre's worth, so it will be the version without sleeves or collar. I might even have to use a contrast binding if I can't squeeze all the pieces on!
|hurrah for spring!|
Have a lovely weekend & speak soon!