This has been a long weekend filled with food, friends and a little sewing. Friends took us out for dinner to thank us for housesitting for them in November one night. Then other friends invited us out the next day for our first dim sum experience. It is an almost aggressive dining experience as you grab plates off moving carts and hope you understand what you are eating. It was delicious and entertaining.
On the holiday Monday I did some sewing while watching the IT Crowd and Stein was making gnocchi in the kitchen. We recently started watching Lidia’s Italy, a cooking show, and my hubby was inspired to make gnocchi. Who am I to stop my man from living his dreams? He picked up a potato ricer (?) and made the delicious potato dumplings with a butter sage sauce followed by plum-stuffed dumplings with ice-cream. The dessert gnocchi are filled with plum wedges and jam, boiled and then rolled in toasted bread crumbs with cinnamon and sugar. Wow! They are as good as they sound.
After my quick elastic-waist skirt accomplishment I was able to get back to the Touch of Asia dress (as I’m calling it). I sewed the lining into the bodice and gathered the sleeve pieces and sewed them together.
I understitched the lining in the bodice. What this does is help prevent the lining from flipping out and becoming visible on the outside. Have you ever had a garment where the lining poked out and you had to keep pushing it back in? Anyway, the lining gets sewn to the seam allowance near the seam attaching the bodice fabric to the lining.
The sleeves for this dress are quite complicated. I wish that I had used the sleeve pattern piece from the Pendrell blouse as it is one piece and doesn’t require hemming. The Butterick 5319 sleeve has 4 pieces. Four! And each one requires gathering. Did I mention there are 2 sleeves?! That’s 8 pieces!
Hopefully I complete this dress before I have to wear it with tights and a cardigan.
What I’m listening to: Someone Like You by Adele