Behind this simple project is the story of a grand wadder. For the dress, I used my TNT knit dress pattern and a rayon jersey knit from Elliott Berman.
To discuss the wadder, let's recap, shall we? In May I started on a red linen jacket. In June I moved to Manhattan, bringing along sewing supplies as well as V1293, and slowly I progressed.
|[memo to self: use a different interfacing next time. The pro-elegance I used made it feel a little thick|
and sponge-like if that makes any sense. I have a very light woven that should work better]
V1293 calls for a hem facing. I should have fused interfacing to that, too, by the way. What happened instead, is that I lost the back hem facing piece. No amount of searching yielded that darn piece so I found a scrap of fabric, cut a strip of bias tape and hemmed the back of the jacket that way.
This was not good. The linen had stretched in the back, after hanging for weeks on the dress form, and it needed to be brought back under control. Application of a strip of bias tape does not accomplish this task. If I had steamed and pressed the back of the jacket back into the correct shape, and then applied the interfaced hem facing, I think I could have saved that jacket. But no- I soldiered on with the stretched out jacket.
When it was time to attach the sleeves, I found the hem facing. Here comes the disaster part - the under sleeve had now gone missing. And I knew exactly where it had gone, too. The under sleeve was the scrap I used to cut a bias strip. Now I was stuck with absolutely no more fabric. I did not want to skip sleeves and wear it as a vest.
Ever hopeful, I called Michael at A Fabric Place in Baltimore and asked if they had any more of that red fabric and the answer was nope, it was all sold out. Finally, with some ceremony, I declared it a wadder, tossed it out and cut out an easy knit dress.
Next up are a couple of finished items that were started quite a long time ago. The really good thing about an unfinished object (a UFO) is that you are half-way there! You can finish something in a short time and feel a sense of accomplishment. Finishing things is good for my head right now.
More to come!