This year I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make perfectly fitted bombshell dresses. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
This week’s lesson in the Perfect Bombshell Dresses course was cutting an underlining for the bodice out of cotton muslin, cutting the bodice out of the fashion fabric, and hand basting them together. I like this method of transferring the pattern to the underlining using a tracing wheel and wax tracing paper and then basting the underlining to the fashion fabric by hand, and I hope to continue using it in future projects that require such precision until it just becomes second nature. I would just love to find a local source for wax tracing paper since I only have dark blue right now. Gertie and Susan Khalje use red and white at various times in their Craftsy courses, and I can see the advantage of at least having white at home.
What do you think? Is it a bit much to trace, underline, and hand baste for all but the most complicated of projects?