Friday, January 25, 2008

Making Progress!

And not just on my pretty Storyboard. Although that has changed:

Last night I fused interfacing to my V2989 top and Style skirt facings (very deep because it is a raised waistband). It is new interfacing and I was afraid of it, but remembering that "the perfect is the enemy of the good" -- or, in my case, "the done" -- I forged ahead and all was well. In fact, I love both interfacings. I was so happy.

Until I draped the V2989 top against me and realized that it is going to be pretty tight. The pattern calls for 5/8" seam allowance, think it'll work if I do 3/8" on the side seams, and adjust the arms accordingly? The fabric is a cotton/lycra blend.

Oh, and I cut my Textile Studios Madison Avenue Dress out one size too small, what was I thinking? It will be perfect for DD, but I want to wear it. So, I'm thinking 3/8" side seam allowances instead of the 1/2" the pattern calls for. That should be just enough, especially if I keep doing yoga. Any thoughts on how this will affect the drape, etc? Here's a pic in case you don't already have it in your pattern stash:

I do want to be able to wear it to work with a soft jacket. Someone at PR lined the back of their dress to prevent see-through. I have lots of Bemberg eggshell that is the right color, but no stretchiness. Any thoughts on what to line an ivory cotton/lycra dress with?

These are all in my wearable muslin fabric from so nothing to cry about, except for the time involved. DD will be able to wear anything too small for me, and look great in them.

Further cutting into my sewing time is a trip to Chicago this Sunday. I'll be landing at about 5:00 p.m. and staying at a Hilton in "the Loop", in meetings Monday morning, and possibly free Monday afternoon. My plane leaves at 8:00 p.m. Anybody available for a quick late lunch or early dinner, and possibly a snoop shopping expedition?


Marjie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I marvel at your SWAP ambitions. I sew a lot, but only on weekends, and I have to wait for the fabric to speak to me. I have a red velveteen crying to be a valentine's day dress, and now it needs to tell me what style it wants to be. Maybe next weekend....

Love the hunt jacket. We came from Connecticut, years ago; we lived in Danbury & Middlebury. So much traffic now! I'll be looking forward to seeing your SWAP progress!

Elle said...

Hi Marjie, and thank you for visiting my blog. I think I was way too ambitious in putting my SWAP together. A red velveteen valentine's day dress sounds so like so fun! I'm drowning in ivory.