Friday, September 11, 2009

Rainy Fridays and Progress Pics.

With the season turning to fall weather one can not help but set their mind towards fall fashions. I have a few items in mind but before I start them, I want to sew a few items that I classify as in between weather clothing or transitional clothing.

I started working on Simplicity 2584 yesterday. I am making View A. This dress is similar to the McCall's dress I made this summer, but there are some differences. This dress has a zipper. It is more shapely. The neckline is a little different. You actually sew the facing on first, and then cut the neckline for the V-shaping(like steaking). Also, the waist has a drawstring waistline. I will be omitting that, and just make a belt to tie around the waist. The fabric I am using is a sheer cotton batiste in black with white embroidery stitching at the bottom. I purchased this fabric in July of 2008 at Fabric Warehouse during their 40% off sale. Love that place. Anyway, while making my dress, I wanted to try something new, french seams. I think they give sewn garments a very nice finished look on the inside/wrong side of garments.

I had read up on how to do french seams from Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing and this sight. The only thing I was unsure of was the seam allowances. I thought I would have to compensate and cut for a larger seam allowance, but thanks to Amanda(I think she is the queen of french seams) and her tutorial, I learned differently.

Here are how my seams turned out. I am pretty proud of myself so far.

Wrong side of garment.

Right side of garment. I was hoping that I'd finish the dress today, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case. We had a family emergency last night with my mother-in law, so I've been a little busy with that. There is always tomorrow. Anyway, this is what I have done so far. When I cut the pattern out, I added 2 inches to the length.
I don't have any knitting news but my fingers have been working the needles. I casted-on for another Turn A Square hat. By the way, are any of you knitters going to Rhinebeck? Anyway, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.


Tanya said...

Gorgeous fabric, can't wait to see the FO.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Fantastic. Can't wait to see photos of you with it on!

Sheila said...

You did a great job on the french seam. That is a gorgeous fabric especially the border embroidery.

Sending get well wishes to your MIL.

Adrienne said...

Looking good girl!!!

Tee said...

Your dress turned out great. I love french seams! Thanks for checking out my blog.


Susan said...



Blog Widget by LinkWithin