Tuesday, January 27, 2009
oooh chilly chilly!
We are in the midst of an ice storm... Can I tell you how much fun it was walking to class today, sliding all over the place?
My school is notorious for NEVER cancelling class, but, the University closed at 1:30 today. And were hesitant, I hear, to have classes tomorrow. I feel like the world is one big icicle. This is outside of my front door:
The power is out on half of campus, and the lines are covered in icicles... Makes me want to make beef pot pies with my leftover pot roast, then curl up with a book and not move. If classes are cancelled tomorrow, I will spend a portion of the evening doing just that. But with a cup of tea, because it's too late to bake.
Kay, so my thoughts on the dress... Last post for Sunset Spun, Pattern Review style.
Self-made... I used an old dress with great lines and loved it
The original was teeniny. I had to add 4 inches from the waist up. Drafting the underlayers first would have made for better sizing all around... The hem was crazy too. I would have measured and leveled more in the first fitting of the muslin.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I started out with a concept drawing which the finished project did look lots like. I made some changes along the way, but I made the pattern so I am entitled.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Um. About that. I was flying by the seat of my pants. My "instructions" were pieced together from prior knowlege, formalwear and bridal sewing books, SG suggestions, and some nifty blogs. But if I wrote them down, they would probably be really simple.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The lines, the lines... LOVED the line. Changed the lines up top, but there is NOTHING to beat a full 50s line in the skirt and waist sometimes.
red taffeta for the outside, rust sheerish from scrap bin in shop for contrast, poly lining for lining, red tuelle, glod tuelle, red crinoline, red cotton for undrelining, and grosgrain ribbon for boning channels. Boning and cups don't count, but I thought they felt lonely.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
It's mine. I'm allowed. It was as much about making it work as it was about changing, and I think the biggest thing was the underlining and the zipper placement. I moved it to the side. I'd also test opacity.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Well, sewing the exact same thing would be difficult... I didn't realy make lining pieces. If I did it again, I'd end up playing and changing things, but isn't that how we grow?