Oh ya'll. I don't even need to tell you how silly it was of me to attempt a photographic blog journal-ish sort of thing to document altering my thrifty find, do I?
The "before" picture of the dress I've been working on.
After posting Part 1, I began working again...at night...under the light of Suits (we're on the second season) and a single lamp. Bad photographic things happened.
They hurt the eyes, don't they? I'll spare you further pain! Suffice to say, I did finish the dress and the rest of the alterations included:
* Separating the lining all along the bottom of the bodice (something I hadn't originally planned to do).
* Reattaching the back straps.
* Taking in the bodice at the side seams (top to bottom).
Daytime sewing. (Also our messy floor and proof of the existence my fourth child :o)
I could have sewn straight through the bottom band of black and called it good, but I decided to keep the nice finish.
* Fixing the change in width between the front and back of the bodice at the side seam.
* And copious finishing work, trimming, and thread cutting.
I promise, promise, promise! to dedicate an entire post to the final product soon. But for now a sneak peek?
Very glad to check that project off of my list! Every time I sew, and most especially when I do alterations, I am reminded that seamstresses are sorely underpaid. Sewing is never as frustration-free as it "should" be. Oh, I always think my newest project will be easy. I envision a flower-strewn path along which I'll travel from point A to point B with grace. Never happens! Maybe someday I'll be able to sew "as the crow flies," but for now I'll continue along my squirrelly routes. I do enjoy a lot of hard-earned victory dances!
So anyway, my next to-do is to sew a different tie and hanky for this 18 month suit. Is it not the most adorable thing you've ever laid eyes on? I'm hoping to save a few bucks and refashion a men's tie.
If you recall, I also need to figure out a dress for myself for next month, but I returned the crazy gray chiffon fabric.
I couldn't wrap my head around the perfect design for my preggo self and that fabric needed the perfect design! Instead, if I can find a suitable lining (I've come up empty so far), I'm considering a shimmery light gray chiffon:
This Butterick pattern caught my eye -- maybe the pink, sans the middle band (to make it maternity friendly). I'm thinking understated elegance and also a way to hide my legs. Perhaps a high-low configuration of some sort for the skirt? Who knows what will happen once I get a pair of scissors in hand :o).
As far as reading goes, there is a lot of this going on at my house:
What does the chicken say??????
And a little bit of preparatory reading.
That's all for this week. I'm linking up with needle & thREAD today. Head on over and see what everyone is up to!