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, friends, the last stitch is in place. The bombshell dress is complete. After finishing the bodice alterations, I tackled the hem, the subject of the last video lesson. I even fancied it up a bit with the hem lace that Vicki Kate of VickikateMakes sent me with the Fashion Sewing for Everyone book giveaway win. I’m so pleased with how the baby blue lace goes so well with the bright blue dress. Thank you Vicki Kate! Also, though it’s not what Gertie did, I beveled the corners of my hem. I liked the look better.
I tried it on, and, well, it’s pretty and passable. I love the skirt, but the bodice still has quirks to it. Now that it’s not skin tight, there are these puckers, perhaps because I didn’t cut the bones long enough to go all the way from the bottom of the lining to the tippy tippy top? The center of the bodice between the cups also doesn’t sit flush against my skin despite all the structure that I anticipated would be the solution to my fitting woes back in the muslin stage. In the future I’ll try fitting this kind of bodice on a dress form that’s been padded out with a well-fitting bra, like Lladybird did. One thing that did help was understitching the lining to the bodice. I don’t remember Gertie talking about understitching, but then again there’s so much going on in these videos that she might have and I just missed it. Most likely all of these little things are only something I’m noticing because I was striving for perfection these last sixteen weeks. All that time and effort makes one a bit overly sensitive.
I’ll have photos of the completed dress for you next week. This week I have a giant bandage on my right breast from having a biopsy done last week, and this dress is revealing enough that it would show it off. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I said biopsy. I found a mass in my breast a few weeks ago. My primary care physician checked it out and referred me for an ultrasound and mammogram. The ultrasound determined that it’s a smooth, moveable mass, which likely means it’s a benign fibroadenoma. The biopsy is just a precaution to be confident of the diagnosis. I’ve been very open with friends and family, and I’ve been surprised at the number of women who’ve been through something similar. Maybe 20%? Most unknown to me before this incident. Anyway, the moral of the story is that pineapples don’t have sleeves. No, really, the moral of the story is to know thy breasts. I should get my results back any day now, and the bandage can come off on Wednesday. And then I’ll make time for photos.
UPDATE: I got confirmation today that the mass is a benign fibroadenoma. Whew!