Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The time came to actually get to work on the dress, I set aside times to work on it when Coen was at kinder so I could work without distraction during daylight hours. The bodice was quickly done and fitted. It was white! Super white! I was so worried about leaving grubby marks on the pristine fabric that I developed a routine of scrubbing in before doing any work on the dress. Scrubbing my hands (up to my elbows some days) and making sure my nails were super clean and snag free.
After fitting the bodice the time came to sew the skirt. I took my time, did everything slowly and carefully, very different from my usual slap dash rush jobs when making my own clothes!
I found myself thinking about my grandma, who was an amazing seamstress. When discussing her handiwork the family line is that her garments were so beautifully finished that you could wear them inside out. With this at the forefront of my mind I made every effort to make the inside of this dress something that I would be proud to show Grandma. I desperately wish that she were still with us so that I could show her my work and tell her how much she inspires me.
I couldn't believe it when I attached the skirt to the bodice. It was a dress. At that point I decided that the dress was at lock up stage. If both my arms fell off, someone would just have to put a zip in the back and Em would have had a wearable dress.
It took a little while to gather the courage to make the first cut in the beautiful lace. The lace over bodice was the most time consuming part of the dress. It has tiny button loops (I used trim with elastic loops to ensure they would be uniform in size and evenly spaced) down the front as well as on the sleeves and many of the seams are bound. While I understand and agree with the theory of binding the seams to reinforce a delicate fabric, the practice, especially hand sewing organza is fiddly! Luckily I get into a bit of a meditative state when hand sewing!
After another fitting to get the bodices matched up, there was more hand sewing to attach the lace to the dress. After a final fitting to place the zip, I took the whole dress to my mum's house to make use of her larger sewing table, invisible zipper foot and superior sewing skills! Mum put the zip in for me and I sewed the final panel into the back of the skirt. It was at this point that I started to grin like a bit of an idiot. It looked like a wedding dress. A really nice wedding dress!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
In the mean time I have been working on a couple of basics for our babe, like stretchy legs. Soft interlock leggings with feet, perfect for keeping tiny socks on! The green pair are soft cotton interlock, the red are cotton interlock with a brushed back, so they're super soft and warm. Half a metre of fabric will easily yield 2 pairs with a bit left over. (super christmassy colour combo is completely unintentional, but decidedly festive!)
The pattern is one that my mum has been using for years. See below for the leggings I used to wear nearly thirty years ago that have survived being worn by my dolls and stored in the toy box for umpteen years to be brought out, washed and used once again for a real baby!
Decent well made basic baby clothes will never go out of fashion!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
My best friend Emma is getting married this month! As well as making her dress we are also working on knitted bouquets. The bride came up with the fabulous idea to have a stitch & bitch instead of the traditional kitchen tea so all the crafty ladies could contribute to her bouquet. On Sunday I took Emma, her sister and my mum out to Em's future grandmother in law's house for the party!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
For the next I went for something a little more unisex, a Pebble vest in Ceckheaton Country Naturals. It's a sweet tweedy vest, and was a very quick knit but there were approximately 5 billion ends to sew in at the end which took nearly as long as the actual knitting! I have enough leftover yarn for a matching hat so I am thinking of making an Aviatrix as well. Yay! First knits for a new family member!