Our weather has been quite windy here and we have already lost power once (no TV, no internet, NO SEWING!) so I thought I would just sneak one in here now that the power has come back on – before it goes off again!
I was working on my Sewaholic Nicola. I am using a fabric from my stash, 60% cotton/40% Tencel*, that I was saving for this dress. This fabric is so soft, I think I am in love!
After interfacing and stay stitching, I had the collar finished and attached. I am always happy to have a stiff strong collar magically appear from a soft light-weight fabric.
During the next steps of construction the front bodice pieces and facings were sewn on. And here’s where I made a mess of it. It’s full of wrinkles, doesn’t sit flat and the stay stitching is peeking through.
So I picked apart both collar corners and carefully re-sewed the seams a bit at a time. I haven’t pressed it yet, but I am happy with the final result. (Gosh, look at all the snips and bits of thread sticking to my fabric!)
I don’t think you can sew without being prepared to be patient and take seams apart sometimes!
I’m considering adding some top stitching to my dress, perhaps up the front button placket, around the neckline and collar edge and down the front button placket on the other side.
I am also planning on making sleeves for this dress like I did with My Sister’s Sewing Projects – Simplicity dress, like this. So I want to topstitch the button tab too. I think I will also top stitch the tie belt.
I am “this close” to deciding which of these colours I want for my top stitching. I am curious: Which colour would you use to top stitch this denim dress?
I am making plans for a couple of days off this week for a little trip – something that you might enjoy too. I will blog about it when I return. I am learning how to take photos in low light and unusual lighting situations, as I am sure you will be interested in seeing the photos too. Any pointers are appreciated!
I hope to have that blog post ready for you soon, maybe next weekend. In the meantime, I am going to take advantage of the wonders of having electricity and continue sewing up my Sewaholic Nicola.
* “a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics, for several reasons. Tencel fibers are grown sustainably. Unlike rayon and bamboo, Tencel’s supply chain is transparent. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used.” from ecomall.com