I’m back from the wilds of the Midwest and have lots to report. I met my new niece Chloe who’s cute as a button. Jack fell in love with her and was so sweet with her. He loved caressing her little head. So cute to see him be so tender. 🙂
As for those of you asking for pictures of the dress in action at the wedding (ahem, Karen), sorry but no actions shots were taken. I just was not in a dancing mood I guess, and I felt shy about asking anyone to take a picture. Here’s my take on how the dress “wore” though. I’m stealing the interview idea from Tasia…
How did the dress look? It looked pretty good standing still and as I was running.
What do you mean by “standing still” and “running”? Well, when I stood talking to people it looked great. It was also fine as I was running to the wedding after the taxi driver dropped me off at the opposite end of the pier. I had to sprint about two football lengths in 7 minutes with another wedding attendee. Both of us looked mahvelous! 😉
So how did it look sitting? Funny you should ask actually, as that was the part with which I was most dissatisfied. When I sat down at the wedding ceremony, my dress rode up so high pooling at my waist and thighs, almost 3 inches of my lining was left exposed for all to see.
Why on earth did it ride up so high??? Well, I suspect the underlining was the culprit. I used silk organza because I was being all fancy. The last time I underlined (the Christian LaCroix skirt), all I had on hand was cotton batiste, which worked, but this time I was prepared with yards and yards of silk organza. As most of you know, silk organza has a stiff hand, which helps enormously with preventing SBS (Saggy Bottom Syndrome otherwise known as bagging out) and wrinkling. It also has the added effect of giving the fashion fabric more body. In the case of my Vera Wang fabric, too much body, as the brocade had body already, just needed the protection against SBS. I should have used cotton batiste in retrospect. *sigh* Live and learn I guess…
Any other things you liked or disliked about this version of B5147? I’m so glad you asked. Dislikes: If you’ll recall, I altered the armscye to cut in towards the chest. Boy was that a big oops and I will be putting that back in. Now everyone has the viewing pleasure of the fleshy area between my arm and chest. Isn’t that a great visual? Bet you didn’t know that area could even be fat. Likes: Love the scoop neck. Not too deep but just deep enough. I also pegged the skirt near the knees and really like that silhouette. And I loved the sheathier look of widening the fisheye darts in the front of the dress; they were much more figure flattering. I will definitely keep those changes for future iterations if there are any.
Will you make any more B5147’s? Hmmm… Not sure. My teacher Thea thinks that I can get a much more flattering fit with less fiddling around with a princess seamed sheath dress, so I am going to try another dress soon. I’m considering the Simplicity Amazing Fit sheath dress, S2648.
What’s next in your project queue? I am finally getting to my Fall coat for the Trench Sew Along. I am making another Simplicity pattern, S5380. I already have my purple wool, bought the purple charmeuse at the PR Shopping day a couple of weeks ago, and today I ran out to buy cotton flannel with which to interline the coat. Not sure how much tailoring I am going to end up doing. We’ll see how in depth I’m willing to go later.
Ok, enough with the pseudo interview. Do you want to see pictures of my new baby up close and personal like? I’m talking about the Singer Featherweight 221 from 1938 that received this past weekend. Oh boy am I excited and yet a little intimidated. The directions on how to just thread the machine don’t make any sense to me. It came with a bunch of feet, most of which I have no idea what they are for. Can any of you deduce their purposes?
My very own buttonholer!!!
Slightly broken zigzagger with inscrutable manual
Here are the feet for which I have no idea of their purposes:
I think this might be a quilting guide but a slightly bent one
a ruffler perchance?
some kind of binder? if so, what kind?
Let me know if you know what feet I actually have. Can’t wait to start playing with them all. I am super excited about the Singer Buttonholer!!!
Happy sewing everyone!