|pinterest board of potential time-sucking doom|
Last week I finally sat down and started cutting out the fabric for my sister’s wedding dress. In case you’re following, here’s the post on inspiration, and here’s the post on the trials and tribulations of long distance fitting. There are many reasons why it’s taken so long to get to the fabric cutting stage:
- Pinterest overload (Holy crap, so many things to look at.)
- Etsy overload (Holy crap, so many things to buy.)
- procrastination (I’m a pro)
- fear (I don’t wanna try anything until I know I’ll do it right)
- selecting fabrics and trims (Is it gonna drape right? Will these look good together? How the hell will I attach this trim to that lace? Should I order from China now that there’s only a month left?)
- fitting difficulties (Katie, quit yoyo-ing. – Just kidding.)
Here’s some fabric laid out in my sewing room. Having this expanse of fabric laid out makes my very adequate sized sewing space suddenly seem teensy. This fabric is a handkerchief linen from New York Fashion Center Fabrics. I’m going to use it for the underskirt and for the bodice. Here are the patterns for reference:
|left: McCall’s 3643 (bodice), right: McCalls 6698 (skirt)|
To make life easier, I chopped up the huge length of linen before I ironed it. I laid out my skirt pieces first to make sure I wasn’t going to waste any yardage, and then I joyfully hacked a piece off, thus creating a much more manageable piece.
I hung a clothesline on the wall and pinned up my pattern pieces. I hate having clutter everywhere when I’m sewing, and it can be so easy to lose a piece of a pattern. With everything pinned up, I can see it all easily without having it crowd my work space. I also don’t have to worry (yet) about Pidgin attacking the paper because someone (me) foolishly taught him to play with wadded up pattern paper when he was young. Pidgin favors my sewing desk as a nap spot. It’s cute, if sometimes inconvenient.
This stuff is frustrating to work with. If anyone is a pro and know some way to easily apply Hug Snug, lemme know. As is, I almost abandoned it and just serged the seam allowances. But I couldn’t bring myself to do that on my sister’s wedding dress. Is that silly? I know nobody would see it, and that it actually gives a very neat appearance, but it just seems so commercial. I kinda want this to be mistaken for a vintage dress. Even if that isn’t possible, the Hug Snug gives it a nice look.
There are some ripples and wrinkles in the binding, but most of these disappeared with a quick press of the iron. Thank you Josh, for suggesting that I iron the fold into the binding first. How the heck did he know? You should have seen my first attempt. It was ugly, and I ended up having to unpick about 7 feet of seam binding.
Now I’m pre-washing the lace and silk organza for the upper skirt and playing around with my lace options for the top…
Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another progress report!