You feel like you missed something, right? The skirt was in pieces and now it’s done and all you get is this ONE photo. Apologies. I took it to FIT to take photos on a dummy and then the professor ‘collected it’ before I could take more. It came out exceptionally well, especially the waist and the hem. The zipper was a TRIAL but I finally got it right (enough). I will post more photos when I get it back.
For now, we’ve moved on to the blouse. Wow, this was some tricky work tonight. I went with the floral after all (going to attempt a sundress with the deep blue and white) and it is so busy I can’t see the markings and so thin that it is tricky to work with. That said by the end of class tonight it actually looked like a blouse already – wild. Still, curves. OMG – so tricky for me, although by the end of the evening I feel like I had it. The teacher was really great with me – I got very upset and she yelled at me “I will not let you fail at this!” It was very sweet in her snarky way. I got a moment later to tell her how much i appreciated it and I really did. Very glad to have her for an intro class – she really sticks with us all to the end.
See that side curve. Looks so innocent there but truly a pain in the ass.
As you can see we’re doing french seams throughout. The equation is that for a 1/2″ french seam, you start with a quarter inch plain seam with right sides OUT and then cut it down by half, fold the right sides around that plain cut down seam and enclose it with another 1/4″ seam. The trick is to sew the first seam right sides out. See those needle marks on the top of the fabric? Yeah, I didn’t do it right the first time.
Close up of one of the diamond darts that pulls in the back. I love all the shaping in this shirt. Imagine if you could actually see it? LOL. Top is yet another curved french seam; bottom is the dart.
You can see now how the diamond darts really shape that back. I’m amazed it already looks like a shirt. I love the fabric, it’s super fun and I like the weight of it to wear so I’m glad I’m getting used to working with this fabric. Still, all those curves – which you really can’t even see since the fabric is so busy… totally exhausting evening.
And now, more flowers. One last shot – this time of the mums in our garden. They are liking the summer!