A post in 4 parts.
It is so fun for Meg to feature Antoinette and me on her fantastic blog Shop the Garment District--go check it out! Thanks again Meg for your awesome map. You're like the Lonely Planet guide for the Garment District!
I started working on Vogue 1236 yesterday during my day off. I cut it out in a straight 12. I should have cut a 12 grading to a 14 for the hip. Sadly there were no hip measurements on the printed pattern. Thanks Vogue! Sure, I could have measured them myself. Anyhoo, I wound up doing minimal seam allowances in the hip area on down.
I felt the neckline was too low so I took an inch off the straps. Now the dress feels like it might be too short. LOL.
Here's where it's at now; it needs understitching, then to be stitched at the shoulder seam, a belt and a hem. It has side pockets but the right one is kind of messy. Sigh.
The directions say to baste down the pleats, but I stitched them down. I mean, why not? Kind of a nice detail there. (Also the directions never explicitly say "and take out the basting stitches later).
It really feels like a Cindy from Colour By Number dress, doesn't it?
Since I was low on fabric, I got creative with the pockets and sewed two pieces of fabric together.
The facings are obviously a different color than the exterior fabric. I'm hoping once I understitch and iron that the facings will be totally hidden. We'll see. I'm kind of feeling like this one might need some time in Mary Nanna's magic closet...
Any ideas on how to resolve the thread twisting back on itself as it comes off the cone thread? Maybe cone fillers would help?
How to resolve this? The looper thread is not kissing up against the cut edge of the fabric. I tried playing with the stitch width but the width doesn't actually seem to change.
I thought I'd throw it out there to you guys...
My dinner tonight. I just made a fresh batch of lemon chicken orzo soup after work tonight, and am eating it with cukes and bread from Whole Foods:
As I usually make two dishes at one time, I also made some vegan corn chowder tonight. I used Antoinette's leftover almond milk.
I read somewhere never to buy kitchen gadgets that have only one purpose. Therefore I should not have bought my lemon squeezer, but how can you NOT love it? Its yellow color makes me happy! It's one of those Michael Graves for Target things. And since I FINALLY cleaned out the kitchen cabinets, I have a dedicated space for it, yeah!
Good night and be well!
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