I knew it would be a challenge as I'm a very slow sewer.
I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself to finish it on time. I DID get there.... but I'm ambivalent about sewing deadlines. They can cause stress (and this one did) but I have to admit, it got results!
|Thanks to Kat for taking pics of me :)|
The pattern was Vintage Simplicity 3831, given to me in the swap.
There was loads of hand stitching- the hem, the sleeve facings, the waist stay (which was new to me, eep!), a hand-picked zipper, and lots of hooks and eyes!! (5 pairs in total- top of zipper, 2 on the waist stay, and 2 on the sash).
|The waist stay.|
|Detail of the hem.|
The one thing I'm not so sure about is the kimono sleeve seams under the arms. They have to be clipped, so I couldn't zig zag. So they're kinda unfinished and exposed... any thoughts, people? I'm wondering about them fraying.
Oh, and for some reason I went to the trouble of matching the centre back seam print.... There's not much point in such a full gathered skirt- you barely notice at all! So much work for so little gain.
|Centre back seam on skirt|
I made three toiles, which I'll probably post about as I experimented with fitting. I'm glad it seems to have worked out!
|Sans cardy and hat. It would also go great with Miette, don't you think?|
My last dress made me feel like a real dunce of a seamstress. This one was a breeze in comparison, so I actually felt competent which was nice.