Greetings!!! It's been so long between posts, but I am still here!
I don't know what to blame for my absence in blogland and Twitterverse (Twittersphere?) during the last few weeks... the gloomy Melbourne winter - it gets dark at 5pm...!... SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and sad about the finale of Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, REVENGE (that was the best cliffhanger EVER!!!!), plain laziness... but I have still been there lurking and loitering.
I am still stalking all my favorite blogs, but I haven't been able to comment because of poor internet reception on the train (where I do most of my blog reading), CAPTCHAS and worst of all - iPhone autocorrecting my captchas.
I haven't blogged about a finished project in three weeks... because I haven't completed any sewing project. Wah. The dress in sewing class is almost finished, promise, just need to finish the cummerband. All handsewing is done!
I haven't been motivated lately, the last two Saturdays I was suppose to go fabric shopping (at the nicer fabric stores), but I spent the day sleeping. Zz. I love my sleep. During winter I am like a bear.
I did manage to go to Spotty the other night and picked up about 4m of fabric for $7. Yep, $7. End of the bolt, scanner didn't work, cashier was ceebs so she gave it to me for seven bucks. Win. today I went back to get lining and zipper.
What did I buy? Cotton sateen. Surprised?? Haha. I was actually after black fabric to make skirt for work, but black and white anything sell out as soon as they are in stock. I give up, I think I'll just buy some Target skirts for work.
So here's what I have planned for this weekend (was actually planning to sew a mock up tonight, but TV and got in the way).
I want this dress to fit well so I am trying something I read on Gertie's blog re sizing.
I have taken my measurements and will sew up the size that have the "finished measurements" that match my measurements.
Bad news, my waist measurement has increased by 3cms. But of course, my bust measurement is the same. All my weight goes to my waist. Wahhhhh!
If I went with the sizing recommendation on the envelope, I should be cutting:
- Bust 8
- Waist 14 (what?!?!)
- Hip 10
Instead, I am going to cut:
- Bust 4 (finished measurement 32 1/2" - already know this will be huge like my vintage dress, my bust is 30")
- Waist 8 (finished measurement 27 1/2")
- Hip 8 (finished measurement 37" - little bigger than my hip measurement, but better bigger than too small)
I think that is reasonable. My main concern is my butt fitting into an 8 skirt. I want to dress to skim my body. Not tight, not baggy. This project is all about the fit!! I don't want a wrinkly butt.
If I can work out the perfect fit for this dress I will be so happy! I'd love to have it fit me like this one.
It's a very simple pattern, one front piece, one back piece, sleeves. Fully lined. Darts.
Wish me luck!