Monday, 11 November 2013

Making progress

Hey there! Its not long now until our weekend away and I've been working away on my personal challenge of making my dress, shawl and maybe a purse if I get the time!

My dress fabric arrived a week or so ago, was washed immediately and then put away whilst I contemplated it: silky, slippy jersey that I could only imagine the horrors of cutting and sewing. Eek! I did quite a googling for tips and last week I pulled on my big girl pants, took a deep breath and Did It!

I pinned the jersey to carpet (it helps to grip it and keep it in place), spent an age trying to line up the grain (not easy with black jersey, I can tell you) and then cut it all out. And then needed a breather before sewing it up. Still nervous I tooled up my machine with a twin needle and a walking foot, and you know what? It worked like a charm. Like an absolute charm I tell you! I couldn't believe how easy it was (compared to the nightmares I'd been having!) and last night I actually finished my dress! It needs a press and then I'll get some pics for you. 

Today I was toying with some Oakshott fabric and make a start on a little clutch purse: it's not going to hold much - the frame is only 5" wide - but it should be big enough for a phone and some change.

The shawl is taking a bit longer - it's around 230sts per row and as I've mentioned before I'm really not the quickest knitter in the world. Still, there's about 40rows left to go so hopefully I'll be able to get it finished by Thursday as it's going to need a good block!

I've also started plotting and planning what to do with these lovely goodies from Patch Fabrics....

Hope you've all had lovely days,

S x

Todays sky ● grey, wet and miserable. Yuck!

7 comments:

pennydog said...

Oh well done, I find after I've done the cutting and tailor's tacks I can't get on with the sewing for at least a couple of days, the cutting takes so long!

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

Brave girl to take the plunge and cut that dress fabric! Jersey terrifies me! You've done the really difficult bit though now so I'm sure you'll have everything made in time and what a lovely project to make the whole outfit yourself! You are going to post a pic of you in the whole ensemble aren't you? I don't believe there's anything you can't sew! Good luck with the next stages in each component! E x

Ali said...

Very brave to tackle jersey - but what a good idea to pin it to the carpet. I'm looking forward to the big reveal!

Flying Blind... said...

Go you!

Indianna said...

I love the panel with the birds in the trees.

Lynne said...

Yey to finishing your dress! Jersey terrifies me, and that's a good tip about pinning it on the carpet. Good luck with finishing the shawl, it looks beautiful.

Sarah Lou said...

Woohoo, it looks amazing! Can't wait to see the finished outfit! :D

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