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.