In the spirit of reflection and growth (and fun!), I’m hopping on Gillian’s bandwagon and posting my Top 5 Lists for 2013. I really like this idea, not only because it’s interesting to look back on my year of sewing and see what went well and what didn’t, but also because it’ll be helpful in moving forward, planning future projects, and making the most of my precious sewing time. To get the worst of them out of the way first, I’ll start with the misses (and I’ve got 4 of them, not 5 – close enough!).
Lots of sewing updates to report! It was my birthday this past week, so I indulged a bit and bought myself some crafty birthday presents. : ) First up, the New Complete Guide to Sewing from Reader’s Digest. I’ve had my eye of this massive hardcover beast since last June (!!!) when I spotted it in my local bookstore, and I finally decided that my birthday was a good excuse to cough up the dough and buy it already. From my initial perusal, it seems to contain lots of good tips and illustrations for making professional-looking garments, and I’m excited to really give it a thorough read-through. Yay! (BTW, I am all about supporting local bookstores and totally paid full price for this baby, as opposed to buying it on the cheap from Amazon. Support your local small businesses!)
Thanks to a relaxing weekend at home, my blueberry crush dress is moving right along. I wanted to highlight a few of the hand-sewn finishing details in this post, mainly for two reasons: (1) I think details like this are a nice touch for a handmade garment; and (2) I have a lot of room for improvement in my hand-sewing skills! Perhaps we can all learn from each other. : )
First up, hand-sewing the lining to the zipper tape. In the photo above, I’ve pressed under the 5/8″ seam allowance on each edge of the cream lining fabric, and I’ve carefully pinned the lining to the zipper tape. (Note that I had already inserted the invisible zipper into the fashion fabric in a previous step.) To avoid any stitching lines on the outside of the garment (and to keep the zipper as invisible as possible), the pattern (Butterick 5602) calls for hand stitching the lining to the tape. Ugh, what a task!
After buying the fabric and cutting out the pieces in August (!!!), I finally have some progress to report on my hot-mama blueberry crush dress (Butterick 5602). (BTW, have I mentioned how much I love this color combination?) : ) The pattern is a relatively simple shift dress, but it’s a good opportunity for a sewing novice like me to practice some basic skills. For example, above you can see the pink neckband ready to be sewn… using about a million pins to hold it in place. I need the security of lots of pins, people! An accomplished sewist once told me that the more you sew, the fewer pins you use. Clearly I’m still in the beginning stages, haha.