I started out not liking this fabric very much. I purchased it because a friend is liquidating one of our friend’s fabric stash and I got this piece, six yards for $5.00.
Some gals over at Miss Dixie’s commented positively about it so now at least I think it tolerable. Then again, perhaps I will feel differently when I get her all done. I’m writing this portion of the post just after completing the bodice, straps, the bodice trim, and pinning the skirt sides together (which I may have to unpin and install the pockets). Oh, wait, no, I believe Miss Dixie mentioned positioning and sewing the pockets almost at the end of the project.
Good news! Save for hemming (it is doing the hang for 24 hours thing), I am done! I’ll pop in a narrow hem and keep it moving. The deadline (last I checked) is Monday. The way I see it, I’ll sew up the hem tomorrow (Friday); hopefully model her for pics if I can get hubby to cooperate, and then hang her up until next spring, LOL. That’s cool because I have my eye on a crocheted bolero (yeah, right!!!) Heeyy, I just might make it :-). Er ah, that is unless I find a bolero that I can sew first. Triple giggles. For real, the crochet one is tres cute, but daaag I am so limited with my time now with working part time and volunteering full time.
This project was a double fun one. First, I got to play along with some new sewing gal pals a la Miss Dixie O’Dare. And, I now own a sun frock made from a vintage Australian journal pattern. Oh, and we won’t even talk about the piping. I love me some piping and this time I added some to the waist between the bodice and skirt. Nervy considering I’m sporting a 37″ waist. But, as my new gal pals said, “If I like it, wear it”.
- Fabric – Yard sale find – $6.00 (6 yards of the stuff)
- Zipper – thrifted, from stash, probably .25
- Piping – basically free
For those that read the previous post, recall I lengthened the straps. Well, guess what? I wound up ripping and cutting away the length that I added, duh. The darn things seemed too small to me at the first. Well, apparently they weren’t. Oh, here’s an interesting tidbit. I added a lining to the skirt portion. Okay, here’s the real deal. When I stitched the sides of the skirt together, lo and behold the hem edge did not match up. Talk about “measure twice, cut once”. I do not know how that happened. That’s when I got the idea . . . use this as the lining, re-cut and double check and be sure the panels are the same length and use that for the outside skirt. Worked like a charm. Plus, I won’t have to wear a slip with my new frock. Remember the construction part where where the trim is attached to the top of the bodice? I opted for the easy way which then has a seam exposed (though under the trim). Anywho, I enclosed that seam with bias binding. Oh, and last but not least, I hand stitched a zipper in the back. Gertie says pick stitching a zipper is a vintage technique that is easier than machine stitching it in. Hey, I’m all for easy.
Last I heard the gals were thinking of a Shirtwaist Sew-A-Long. Now you know I’m all for that.
Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012