Although I started this a few months ago, my sewing has not been continuous. How come when we have ideas and thoughts, life seems to conspire against us so that we are taken off course? Not everything is negative because most of the interruptions have been pleasurable and joyous but nevertheless, taken off course is what I have been!
So it was a real pleasure to spend 2 days at the Midhurst Sewing Rooms with Claire Tyler. I thought it completely decadent to spend two days enjoying myself when Christmas is looming and especially when I am expecting the whole family to descend for our annual pre-Christmas party only 36 hours later. Strangely I think I was able to re-charge my batteries through it all.
But it was nearly not so!
I decided to make this dress: Vogue 1401
It wad designed by Koos Van Den Aaker. I was completely drawn in to the detail on the front, the pretty sleeve and the fact that it seemed to hide a multitude of sins!
Before I make anything, I read a lot about the patterns and styles on www.sewing.patternreview.com and on any blogs I can find. The general consensus seemed to be that the dress was enormous when it was cut. So I did what I always do……….. I ignored the sizing and worked to my measurements. This meant that my size was actually 3 sizes smaller than the one I usual work to. I still suspect that I might be removing more from the side seams!
What I did not reckon on, was that the pieces needed to be cut from single unfolded fabric. As I was using 150cm wide linen and 150 cm wide georgette for the sleeves, I was exhausted before I had cut it out with trying to anchor the wretched fabric to the table when actually it wanted to fall off at any moment. Thank goodness for Claire who cut the linen out on the floor while I battled with the georgette. It took all day to cut it out.
I am using a medium weight red linen and cotton mix by John Kaldor. I bought it from Minerva Crafts but the pretty georgette I am using for the sleeves came from Marcy Tilton.
I decided to use a glazed cotton from Bloomsbury Square Fabrics for the appliqué bias strips. Although there is a small difference in the photos here, the top red (the glazed cotton) is more of a tomato hue whereas the linen is a blue red.
The appliqué is what this dress is about so I set about assembling it. I have made a good start although I seem to have yards and yards of hand-cut bias binding!!
Let’s see how it all works out!