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.
I’m excited to finally see the dress take shape, but this week was a doozy. All I had to do was sew the skirt, right? Easy peasy, especially after sewing in those bra cups. Well, the video lesson started with Gertie saying she’d already sewn together the back skirt pieces. What?! I was already behind five seconds into the video?! And, the video was over thirty minutes long?!
Anyway, it all worked out. I changed up one tiny detail from the lesson in the video: I always like to sew three lines of gathering stitches instead of just two. It’s hard to know if it really makes a difference, but I’m really happy with the way the gathers look. That said, it was tough to sew the bodice to the skirt over all of those gathers while also matching all of the seams and not catching any extra fabric or any of those giant seam allowances (which still felt large even after being trimmed down!) in the stitches. I may have taken the seam ripper out. Nearly ten times. But, again, all that matters is that it all worked out.
One thing that I was never quite confident about was which direction to sew the side seams of the skirt pieces. I learned to sew from the bottom of skirts to the top – from wide to narrow. Gertie sewed her skirt pieces from top to bottom. Maybe with a skirt this narrow, wide to narrow is actually top to bottom? Or, maybe with this shape of skirt either way is okay?
Next up: the lapped zipper.