Tomorrow is our pastor’s 18th anniversary. In honor of him, they asked the congregation to wear turquoise, white or gold or any combination of the three. Excited to use that turquoise piece I’d gotten at the Expo last month, I made plans to make a dress. Simplicity 2550.
Now I’ve known about this for over a month, but being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t think about the turquoise dress until a couple of weeks ago. But hey, that’s plenty of time to make a dress. Right?
Then I got behind in the sewalong and directed my efforts towards that project. A week goes by and I finally get around to making a muslin for the turquoise dress. I’d read the reviews on Pattern Review and knew what to expect. The only issue would be being lining the dress since the pattern only includes the sleeves and skirt lined. The bodice might be a problem. But no worry. I still had two nights and all day Saturday to make the dress. Or so I thought.
On Saturday, an all day workshop (I’d forgotten about) threw a wrench into my plans. But, my fabric was all cut out and I kinda sorta had a plan for the bodice lining. I just needed to get home to sew. It was 3:00 p.m. and I was at JoAnn Fabrics looking for a 22” turquoisey zipper. It’s a good thing I don’t stress out when I’m under pressure.
After a 30 minute lie down, I head to the sewing room. It’s 6:00 now and I’m just cutting out the lining pieces. So what if I have to stay up all night to get this dress finished. I WILL be wearing it tomorrow.
Thirty minutes later and I’m cutting out the lining pieces AGAIN. I’d forgotten about the inch I added to the bottom of the bodice front and side front. See, this is where the practices that Sherry is teaching us in the RTW jacket tailoring class would have come in handy. You live and you learn. (After a few dozen wadders.)
New pieces cut and I’m sewing again. Why don’t these pieces match? The facing/lining combos are NOT the mirror opposite of their mates (right front bodice and left front bodice). The finished left facing fits on the right side instead of the left and the finished right facing fits on the left side instead of the right. About now I’m ready to forget lining the bodice and be done with this dress. Time to rip and cut out new facing pieces.
As I begin to rip I noticed that I have the top right facing (fabric) attached to the bottom left facing (lining) and visa versa. Oh thank you, thank you, thank you. I don’t have to cut new pieces. I knew having a hard time telling the right side of this fabric from the wrong was going to come back to bite in the butt. And so it did.
AGAIN, Sherry’s practice of marking the wrong side with an X in the bottom corner would have saved me some time here. Next time I’ll pin the pieces to each other. I’m learning.
It’s after 8 p.m. now and things are moving right along. Enter the DH and he wants to TALK. What? Do I have time to talk? I’m working here. I have a deadline. I’ve already screwed up a couple times and exhaustion hasn’t even set in yet. He sits down. No! No! No! I do not have time to talk. “So what are we having for dinner?” AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!
Thirty minutes later, him still pondering what he’s having for dinner (as he goes back downstairs), I get back to sewing. This lining thing is seriously giving me a headache. Now if I do it this way, the sleeve seams will be exposed but if I do it this way, that’ll mean lots of hand sewing. And what about the zipper? I’ve already understitched all the facings and attached them.UGH!
It’s getting late now, after 11 p.m. The bodice is done. The sleeves are in. The lining… Well, it’s attached – partially. I know I can finish the dress, but I want to get that invisible zipper in before my brain closes down for the night. I’ve done them before, so I’m not worried about the application, but you know what happens when you’re tired. I’ve already put off the skirt lining for another day and I’m planning a quick “temporary” hemming. Now to get the skirts attached and the zipper in.
DONE! Six hours and not a minute to spare. No all nighter for this girl. Dress looks good and with all the prep work upfront, it BETTER fit. I’m off to bed. Exhausted but pleased with the outcome. Will take pics tomorrow so you guys can see. Night.