Archive for July, 2012

a Bit of Sewing

All the knitting is work knitting, at the moment (in perpetuity, seems like). I have been doing some sewing in what little spare time there is, as it’s faster to finish and wear things if I don’t actually have to make the cloth myself.

First up, Vogue V8470, I love the Easy Options patterns – more bang for your buck. I actually made most of this back in February, didn’t get around to hemming it until, idk, May? (it was a circle skirt, they take forever to hem – skirt and lining, and I did it all by hand. That’s my excuse.). The fabric is Birch from Habitat by Jay McCarroll for Free Spirit. I lined it in China silk (yardage bought for a pittance at a second-hand shop) which I dyed black. I also put a layer of fine netting between the lining and the fabric. It really didn’t matter that it took me so long to finish it, because it’s sleeveless and I couldn’t have worn it in February anyhow.

Bodice assembled!Bodice


Here is the lining being attached, after I sewed in the zipper by hand with a prick stitch. I don’t mind a bit of hand-sewing, I get so much practice on the knits, and once everything has been machine assembled, it really doesn’t take that long. I also used to repair vintage dresses when I worked at I miss you, so I have a lot of experience hand-sewing and I have worked on more dresses than you imagine. I think a dress zipper looks nice sewn in by hand. But the hem, she was tedious.sewing in lining





See how nice the zipper looks! (this is the inside, the bodice is self-lined).zipper

I did make the sash, but have no photo of it.






Then I made Vogue V1220, a Donna Karan pattern, out of some khaki-brown cotton with a one-way stretch. It turned out very well also, though I didn’t do as much hand finishing, so I feel a bit lazy.








Brutus helps
Brutus helped with the pattern piece layout. As in, he laid out on the pattern pieces. He excels at this. He is in fact teaching a course on Craftsy about it.

There are more sewing projects to write about shortly, as soon as I can get around to posing for photos.