Sunday, October 12, 2014

Simplicity 1314: done or not done?

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Does this view make my dressform look tall?
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I spent pretty much all day working on Simplicity 1314 and I had to take some quick pix to show you where it's at.

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Well, they were quick pix.  This is the only one  I took from the side.
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I'm pretty ok with the front now, and the front points.
Seriously, it's not going to get any better than that.
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It's the back that I'm concerned about and I'm not sure I can just binder clip a solution.  Should I attempt to fix it next weekend?
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Or should I use this kludgey, duct taped solution and call it a dress?
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Or should I focus on the good parts instead?
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The quilting is pretty awesome for the first time I've ever quilted.  More about that process here.
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I bound the neckline instead of using facings
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I twin needle stitched the hem
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I serged most of the inside with my new serger, the BabyLock Enlighten
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...except for that horizontal line in the front panel--that was with my old serger
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Soooo..the new serger is pretty awesome.  When I serged the CB seam, it glided over a very thick fabric intersection that would have made my old serger go clunk-clunk-clunk and then a thread would have broken....or it would have started wrapping the fabric over instead of cutting it off, etc etc etc.  The Enlighten serged right over it no problem!  (I cannot wait to serge embroidered fabric with it--my old serger *hated* embroidered fabric!!!  Clunk clunk clunk snap)

I do have to play with the DF on the Enlighten a bit to get non-wavy results.  No matter the setting I had my DF on, it always made slightly wavy seams that the Elna Press did not eliminate.

I intend to show you next post how I binder clipped out the wrinkles on the side front panel--it will answer your question, Summer Flies!  (Spoiler alert--yes, I clip it out myself and I will describe how)
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PFM flowers (lisianthus) from 10/9/14.  They have a Victorian, rosey feel but they're not roses.

Ok, what do you think I should do with the back?
a) leave it as is--don't cover it up--it's beautiful
b) try to fix/improve it
c) wear it with a cardi
d) other

Be well!

18 comments:

  1. I do not have a solution suggestion for the back of the dress. I think I would leave it as is, too much unsewing and then sewing again could cause the fabric to stretch way out of proportion. It's a lovely unique dress.

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  2. I would leave it as is. The front is oh, so fabulous and I wouldn't want to do anything to harm that. I am so happy you like your new serger, enjoy it!

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  3. I think the dress looks great. I wouldn't worry about the back as when you move it will not be noticeable at all. I look forward to your 'clip' system reveal! Oh my friend also recently got a new Babylock overlocker/coverstitch and she loves it too.

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  4. I agree with everyone else: call it a dress! We run the risk of over-fitting when we try to remove every crease and wrinkle. Clipping out the extra length definitely improved the fit of the back. I think what you have now is great - especially the front!

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  5. The dress is beautiful. Leave it!

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  6. Focus on the positive. You have done a great job with the dress. Wear it and enjoy!!

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  7. I think the back is not bad at all. The dress is beautiful! I agree with leaving it as it is.

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  8. I don't know man... the back looks pretty good. It's the perfect example of a self-made garment that needs to go into a magic closet for a couple of weeks. If it still bugs you after you've not looked at it a while then try to fix it, but I suspect it will be perfect once it emerges. Frankly, I don't think there's anything to fix. The quilting is frickin' beautiful. I can't believe I wasn't on team "quilted teal" right from the beginning. I'm glad you trusted your instincts!

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  9. (Tried to leave this comment twice already -- sorry if you get it 3 times!) I think it looks good as is -- and after wearing it, it is possible that the fabric stretches or otherwise hangs in such a way that the wrinkles that seem bothersome now will find their way out of the dress. It is really nice! Good job!!!

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  10. A. Put it in the closet for a week then pull it back out and wear it. A few good sleeps will solve a lot of perceived problems.

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  11. I think it looks gorgeous! May mother always said "don't look for the hair in the egg".

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  12. Gorgeous - I don't even think you need to magic closet it either. In the actual wearing of it, I think everything will become better.

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  13. Hair in egg ... hahahah! I say it's beautiful, leave it as it is and WEAR IT with a big smile!

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  14. I say leave well enough alone. Only another sewer MIGHT see what you see. Non-sewers will think it is beyond fabulous!

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  15. I agree. Wear it as it is. Everyone admire your skill. I do.

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  16. I agree with the others. Leave the back as is. I think it looks fine. You don't want to overfit it.

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  17. I think everyone agrees. Its not perfection, but only you will notice and the people who were told to scrutinize this pictures. It looks good. Wear it. And the quilting looks great!

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  18. Forget the cardigan unless you are cold. That is a dress that should not be hidden. It looks much better than most RTW dresses being worn by many perfectionists. I hope you are happy with your choices because the dress is amazing!

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