Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Blood Sweat and Tears!

How come I’ve already made Simplicity 2209 yet this version was a right pain in the a**e?  I thought things were supposed to get easier!  The original version gave me a major headache on the neckline due to the changes I made so I made a new bodice muslin, sewed it up and it all looked ok so I cut out the fabric, sewed it up and it looked bloody awful!  The darts, which on 2209 are a bit unusual, just wouldn’t work, I had to take it apart about 10 times, I tweaked, snipped, unpicked and eventually I got there.  I also took out the pleats from the front skirt but left the back ones.   This meant I had to take the width in slightly to take up the slack.  And here it the finished article……


Instead of the facings on the neckline (I HATE facings, don’t get them, yuk yuk yuk!) I used a gingham bias binding. 


(Cheesy grin!)


(Still a little excess in the back but by now I’m past caring!!!!)

I originally wanted to make a pink linen version of this but couldn’t find the right shade of pink but when I saw this poly/cotton I thought I would give it a try.  Given the stress I had with this dress I’m glad I didn’t use a linen as I put it away for a couple of weeks just so I didn’t have to look at it, if it was linen I would have felt guilty about it!  I’m glad I used the bias binding as I think it breaks up the impact of the dress a bit I was a little afraid it would be a bit too Barbara Cartland!

So that was Mays dress onto June, after pondering if I was too old for gingham I decided to go for it, so next up is Simplicity 2588 in navy gingham.


I’ve been making a muslin today and I’ve never sewn a princess bodice before so its very interesting.  So far after a number of tweaks I’m liking it!  Next onto the skirt………

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