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Tuesdays with Gertie: The Insides

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.

Well, the lining is in the dress.  Or, at least it was.  I should only have the hem to go, but I made the mistake (fortunate chance?) of trying on the dress.  I could barely get the zipper up, and the cups looked awkward.  But, I loved the drape of the skirt.  If it weren’t for my husband, I would have taken my seam ripper to the waistline and turned the bottom of the dress into its own skirt and hidden the bodice away for another month or so.  I tried to make the argument (to myself?  to him?) that I’d eventually fix the top, that I’d eventually make it into its own bustier that I could then wear with the skirt to get the bombshell dress look.  My husband cautioned me to slow down and sleep on it.  The same thing happened the next night.  Again, my husband cautioned me to sleep on it.  He figured I’d put so much work into this dress that I really shouldn’t give up on it so easily.

Now that the shock has passed, I’m happy to say that the bodice is still attached to the skirt.  Currently, I’m in rescue mode.  I let out the side seams a lot in the bodice.  I took the cotton batting out of the cups and replaced it with the needle punch that Gertie uses.  But, I haven’t yet gotten the courage to try it on again and reevaluate.  Maybe I’ll wait until I finish the hem?  Actually, since the bust cups may need more work (translation:  may need another round of fitting), I should probably try it on again before redoing all the little fell stitches needed to attach the lining to the bodice.

Also, I made a little widget-button-thing in case anyone else wants to join me in posting weekly, bi-weekly, or any-random-Tuesday-you-want posts about their progress on Gertie‘s Craftsy courses. (As an aside, I did ask Gertie for her permission to use her image.)

Having a weekly goal has really helped to push me into actually participating in this class. I’ve learned so much more by actually going through the motions instead of just watching the videos.  Once my bombshell dress is complete, I plan to continue the series with the Starlet Jacket course and then perhaps Gertie’s book as well. Join me!

Finally, if you are interested in taking this Craftsy class or others and want a discount, then contact me.

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17 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Gertie: The Insides

  1. I love your lining fabric. it would make me smile to see a dragon everytime I went to put it on. The magic closet is sometimes needed to gain a little perspective on a project.

    1. Yes, time definitely helps with perspective. And, venting does to. I felt better almost immediately after publishing this post and was able to finally try on the dress again.

  2. I am so nervous to start my bombshell dress. I have been dropping a bit of weight, so I’m using that excuse to put it off, but I really want this dress. I hope you work it out for your version. I know you will look like a bomshell in it, once it’s complete. 🙂

    1. You should go for it once your weight stabilizes. It’s worth it, even though its complexity naturally makes it more challenging and frustrating. A labor of love.

  3. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about the fitting glitch after you did all that work! I hear you about the bust cups’ shaping issues, too. I guess that’s why so many people chose to do up the dress in a busy print fabric. My first version was a thin striped cotton poplin that gave the effect of a solid colour, and I wasn’t really happy with the shape of the cups when all was said and done, too. That said, once my first version was done, I’m more confident about making up another version, even with all the fiddling in fit that I know is going to happen! Good for you for listening to your DH’s advice before trashing the bodice! I KNOW that it’s not as bad as you’re thinking it is! Remember Gertie’s comment on fitting: don’t drive overfit it or you’ll drive yourself crazy!

    1. I’m finding there to be a fine line between fitting well and over fitting. I’m chalking it up to my inexperience. I did try on the dress again this morning after posting, and things are much, much better now that the seams are let out. I think I’ll still do a tiny bit more fiddling then call the bodice complete.

  4. What a wonderful lining! And what a wonderful husband, who has rescued the dress! 🙂 I wish you all the best with your dress. Hey, last fall I’ve been to San Francisco. That was really great. I’ve even found a great fabric store at Mission Street (I think). Bought dark brown silk for really small money! Greetings!

  5. One of the things that have stopped me from starting was that type of bodice, that I’m not very sure it’s for me. But I need to learn some techniques for a project, and I can’t delay it more. So I’m joining. I hope I can make my first post next Tuesday. I also joined the Starlet Jacket Class and today I’ve received my pattern for the Couture Dress Class, but these will have to wait. I’m so excited! By the way, your dress looks great! I love contrast linings!

    1. Glad you are joining in. I look forward to reading about your progress. Maybe the strap option will help the bodice feel more like you? Otherwise, the lessons are invaluable, so making the dress is still worth it!

  6. Oh no, that can be so discouraging! Good thing you had some wise advice to keep sleeping on it. I’m still learning the hard way about the dynamics of muslin-fit to final garment fit, especially when something is so fitted. I do hope you keep at it, though, just as you did with your brushstroke dress which came out so amazingly in the end.

  7. I hear you on the fitting frustrations. I’ve been stalled on the bust cups of the Bombshell dress for a few weeks now, but I finally returned to them this week and hope to finish the outer bodice in short order. So far so good, but I’m rather scared to try the bodice on with the lining and boning–I can just see it not fitting after all! If so, I’ll remember your good example and take the time to fix it. Good luck as you finish your dress!

  8. Wise husband! Mine echoes that advice many times, as I am quick to judge a garment a failure, or want to immediately dig out the seam ripper. Sometimes I counter that as a non-sewist, he’s too lenient. But sleeping on it allows one to muster over construction/fit problems. I like lying in bed and letting my half-asleep self work through the issue.

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