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The dress is done!

January 5th, 2010 by Pavlina

Rather, it was completed a few weeks ago, but I just got around to updated the blog. You’ll recall, the Simplicity 2828, pink dress for the wee one.


There she is, hamming it up for the picture.


and a view of the back.

I was able to get everything lined up pretty good. I tried to pay close attentions to the growth aspect, and I stitched my side seams in the same direction. I still has about a 1mm mismatch for the zipper install, luckily the sash hides it very well. I can never get the sides to line up perfectly on my zippers when i have a join (ie a yoke and skirt panel, bodice and skirt, etc) the join never lines up, but the top of the garment does? WTF? What am I doing wrong? I am getting better though. *sigh*

Anyway, I made a few changes to the pattern, but it came out quite well. I’ll post a review of it over at PatternReview.

What else have I been sewing? Well, I tried (and failed) to make myself a skirt for Christmas. I did finish it a few days later and I’ll put up a few pics of that. I also (almost) completed a corduroy pencil skirt. I just need to tack down the waistband. You’ll see what I mean when I post the pics of that one, but I need to really think about the fabric and the pattern design. That’s all I’ll say for now. I also completed my shirt muslin, but I’ve been calling it a toile because I like the way it sounds :) . I made the necessary adjustments taking careful consideration to what I learned in my class at the Sewing expo, and I think I will actually have a lovely top for once that will actually be fitted and shall not slip around! I went ahead and transferred the adjustments to the pattern and got that all cut out over the weekend.

So my January project list is:

Complete blouse – Simplicity 2501
Complete Martin’s fleece hoodie – Burda 9822
Complete Emma’s pink velour – New Look 6770
Complete Emma’s diamond dress – New Look 6846
Start Emma’s grey flower dress – Simplicity 2483
Resume costume work – Truly Victorian TV101 (bustle), TV110 (corset), TV362 (overskirt), Butterick 5232 (jacket), Simplicity 2556 (vest), LM100 (Chemise)
Measure/prepare the patterns for the saffron silk ensemble New Look 6799 and Advance 2878

Hmmmm,,,,,not so much me sewing in there as I would like. Martin is already demanding a fleece robe the cheeky monkey!

Also, the costume. it has been sorely neglected, but I practiced my sketching with some help last night and I think I came up with a fairly good portrayal of what I want to do. The sketch, I think, does not look too bad for a second effort. I even came up with a name, The Odyssey.

OdysseyI have not made much progress yet on The Odyssey, I am afraid. I really need my foundations before I can even fit the rest of it. My corset is still far from completion. I need to trim the bottom (or is it the top?), bind one edge (top or bottom), insert the boning, try it on again, then adjust boning/length if necessary, finish the binding AND then I will be done! the I need to complete the chemise, which has been cutout and that’s it. Then I need to make the bustle petticoat. Then the overskirt. Then the vest. Then the jacket. Then the only imagined pleated underskirt. Then I have to find the perfect tights/stockings, jewelry, accessories. I wanted a walking stick, a monocle, a leather pouch…ai yai yai I have a lot to do! When is Balticon 44 again? Good grief.

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  • [...] The Odyssey? No? well, I don’t blame you. At the bottom of this post is the sketch and this posttalks about the components. It took me about 3 months of sewing to get [...]

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