Progress on the 1940s “Minnado” dress is good, it is now in basket with just hand sewing to finish – you know, stitching facings, adding buttons & making the hem. I tried it on & it seemed rather voluminous in the chest department, its bodice shaping coming from a gathered yoke & waist pleats. This swilling around of fabric can be explained in part by a bit of weight loss that has affected my, ahem, assets (does that make them less valuable?! ;-) ) but a hoik of the dress by its shoulders gave it some structure & resulted into purchase of some shoulder pads.
What is it about shoulder pads that bring on a cringe? I can only blame the 80s ….. So here it is, ready for a sociable evening with my youngest, some handsewing in front of a zombie film perhaps? (Even I enjoyed Juan of the Dead btw- check it out if you fancy something even more ridiculous than normal – strong stomach still required, but then I am a complete wimp & look away & block my ears even in wildlife programmes where it gets a bit grizzly)
With my son being home sewing has been on a back burner, but when he went out last night up I hopped & launched myself at my machines. I’d already cut out the fabric for another Kristen Kimono t shirt (remember this is a free download available here at Maria Denmark‘s blog).
Guess where the fabric was from?
Look I’ve matched the stripes. Not much else to say about it except that ladies, don’t use too hot an iron, otherwise the birdies get it.
See that gap on the black print near my finger? Yikes!
All in all this took about 90 minutes to sew. Just used my overlocker & twin needle for the hems. I’ve found that turning narrow hems on jersey/ stretch knits for sleeve hems like this or even hems on dresses is easier if you overlock the raw edge first. This stabilises the edge making it easier to turn & also ensures that you get an even amount turned up. Here’s a pic of an inside & outside of the sleeve hem when I was in the middle of doing this:
The lower seam shows the overlocked edge turned to the inside, nice & neat & not stretching in strange places. The upper edge has pins swapped to the right side ready for some twin needle action.
I’m wearing it today & already had a compliment from a stranger – how kind!
Do you have an “instant” sewing fix that helps you regain balance in times of sewing drought?