This was a looooong weekend for me. I had the Thursday as well as the Friday off work. Of course, I immediately filled the time with errands and other more enjoyable tasks. But not a lot of sewing.
I did manage to sew the bodice to the skirt on my maxi dress. The seam allowance forms the casing for the elastic. It gathered beautifully, if I may say. Stein loves the fabric. I’m glad it’s not too night-gowny which this pattern could fall into very easily…
I finished the edges on the waist seam with my serger once the elastic was inserted. I can’t believe how neat and tidy the serger makes my garments. I’m still in awe.
My elastic waist. The flash bounces back off the lining under the skirt. Looks lighter than it is.
I didn’t follow instructions properly when I stitched up the skirt lining. I sewed all the way to the bottom when I was supposed to leave the sides open from the knee down. This is to allow for ease of movement. I decided to leave it and when I’m done I can take out the stitches if I have trouble walking; however, I think it will be very modest for sitting on the grass on vacation. No need to tuck and make sure ‘things’ aren’t peeking out. We’ll see.
I also managed to stitch the bodice overlay front and back together and hemmed it with a rolled hem using my serger. Stein and I decided that we liked the bias cut overlay with the lines running at an angle. He thought it looked more interesting than if the stripes were straight up and down like the skirt. Since it’s meant to have movement and it’s a casual dress I’ve decided to leave it. What do you think? Hard to tell in this photo, I know.
Rolled hem. The edge is turned under slightly and stitched on top and bottom. Like the hem on a handkerchief or lingerie. I did get a little misty-eyed by how quickly and easily I got this beautiful finish. Love my serger. (I may have whispered ‘I love you’ and Stein thought I was talking to him.)
Hope to get the binding put on the bodice this week. The binding extends and forms the straps so I hope the length is good. I have a perpetual problem with straps being too long. (It’s a small bust/short upper torso thing.) Because it’s one long binding, it’s not a simple fix, like shortening the straps. I could try pinning and do a fitting…I’m not sure I’ll get the full picture until its complete.
What I’m listening to: Sherlock Series 2 Episode 1. The tv series from the UK. So addictive.