Lately, these days, sewing has become something few and far between. Between getting geared up for the graduation of my oldest son, to prepping for him to go to private school next year (more on that later) and Habitat for Humanity build days, I’m not as able to sit and sew as I used to be. I miss it. Now I find myself sewing for 30 or 40 minute increments instead of being holed up in my office for hours at a time, leaving only to use the bathroom or possibly eat. Yes, it’s that serious at times. That’s why Thread Filled Thursdays haven’t been happening as often as I would like. I want it to become so expected that you all kind of nudge me when it’s not up. Please?
Well. last week, I was able to finally start on a dress that I had cut out TWO weeks before. I told you it was getting sporadic round these parts. For me, sewing is therapy that can turn into a straight WWE show, with a Cosby Show ending. I usually love everything that I make because each item teaches me a little bit more about the craft.
The project that I’m working on is the Scientific Seamstress/SisBoom Jenny pattern. It’s a pretty straightforward sundress with the capability of being worn in cooler months depending on the fabric you choose, and pairing it with a cardigan. Currently, I only have the bodice portion completed. I used a watercolor print linen that I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics during their Daffodil sale. I love the blues and purples of it, and even the muted grey. It’s perfect for me. The cellist saw me working on this and told me that he would like for me to wear it to his 8th grade graduation, so there it is.
This pattern has me creating an underbust for the first time ever. It’s kind of weird and awesome to see boob cups alreday formed on clothing for me. I MADE THAT! Well, half made it so far. The steps are very deliberate, and the pattern is a PDF pattern that has every single thing that you can ask for in calculations, already done for you. There is no need for a bust dart, BUT the cup sizes are created for you. I’m a good ol’ double D cup, so cut on the line for that, and moved on. The choice to lengthen the bodice is also given in the mid panel section too. Since I’m a mere 5’2″ I chose the shortest panel that they had so that the skirt would fall at a spot that doesn’t cut me off visually.
I’m pretty excited about the gathering on this too, because I apparently did it right the first time. I still have to remove basting stitches (which I usually don’t do in the first place, but I’m being deliberate with this since it’s for the cellist) and then it will be perfect. The print reminds me so much of a Georgia O’Keefe painting, of course without the innuendo of vulva.
The neckline also has several variations. Modest, ruffled for more modesty, or a deeper V-cut, which I would have done had I not been blessed with so much ample bosom. It’s not my style to hang out at my kids school with my breasticles out, so I chose the second most modest cut and we’ll see how it goes.
This pattern will also mark the first time that I use fabric glue to install a zipper. It’s an interesting concept, and I’m going to see how it works for me. I’m not scared of zippers, but if glue is going to give me a cleaner and invisible showing, then, why not?
With each garment I make, I really get a little bit more comfortable sewing for me. This is the first piece of apparel that I’ve made, or started making with linen. Other linen projects have been purses or wallets, but nothing wearable. I’m pretty excited to see the finished product. I’m still not sure what shoes to pair with it though. Maybe simple sandals? What would you do?
Are there any WIP’s that you may have? It doesn’t matter if it is sewing related or not. If there is a project that you are working on, that isn’t finished, share it below!