I’ve spent the last two nights wrestling with a polka-dot monster. In between bouts of sobbing, sewing, seam ripping and cantering up and down the hallway with a cat at my heels and a ’1000 yard stare’ according to my husband, I’ve managed to produce this:
This is the result of about 8 hours work so far. I’ve made so many mistakes that have had to be corrected, it’s now the fabric equivalent of Frankenstein’s monster.
did you do wrong went wrong?
Well first off, as I spoke about in a previous post, I omitted to add the extra width in the bodice to accommodate the darts, so I had to re-cut the bodice fabric and lining.
Then, since I had no experience of adding lining to a dress, I decided to sew the lining pieces directly to the fabric pieces by zig-zagging round the edges.
I then sewed the back bodice pieces to the bottom skirt and added an invisible zipper. So far, so not so bad, although the invisible zipper was pretty tricky and the finished result wasn’t amazing but it did the job.
Then I sewed the front bodice to the front skirt. Guess what? It was STILL a few centimetres maybe too narrow. Where am I going wrong with this, I thought? *%&@ it – I’ll just sew a larger seam allowance down the sides.
Then I attempted my peter pan collar. I had decided to sew it in between the lining and the fabric so a nice crisp clean collar would emerge like a pretty little butterfly when I turned it. Uh-oh – I’ve already sewn the bodice to the skirt so I can’t do that. Stupid. OK – I’ll sew it onto the neck line instead. Eurgh. Not a good look on the inside on the dress. But lesson learned for next time.
I needed to tidy up the neck line first though so I rolled a small hem and stitched around the neck line. Bit messy but most of it would be hidden by the Peter Pan collar. However, I did this AFTER I put my zip in, so the top of my zip was now sticking above the neck line. No problem, I thought, I’ll just snip the ends off to neaten it up…
NO! The zip fastener flew right off the end of the zip when I pulled it up! How could I be so dumb? How on earth did this happen? What compelled me to carry out such a foolish act of stupidity?
Cue another half hour sobbing on the couch unpicking a 20 inch zip in the last of the day’s light with concerned cats and husband watching from the corner of their eyes.
So this is it for the time being. One peter pan collar done, one left to do. Two sleeves to set in (boy I can’t wait to do that! not…), one invisible zipper to re do, side seams to stitch up. I still suspect that it’s going to be a few centimetres too narrow for me. But I’m going to finish this dress. It will not break me!