|Chaos - now tamed and under my iron thumb.
Whilst reclaiming my territory, I decided to snip hanging bits, and to get rid of the little bitty pieces that always manage to get folded into the larger sections of extra fabric when I finish a project. I ended up with two large plastic bags full of snippets, which I intend to use to stuff the dummy, and several inches of space in one of my giant blue fabric bins.
I also came upon any number of UFOs, which I'm thinking I will pop into their own post later in the week - but one truly mystified me. In every other case, even if the project had slipped my mind, I still remembered it when I saw it, until I came across one all cut out, still pinned to the pattern pieces. Its a navy blue lining fabric, and the pattern a regular sundress pattern I've used any number of times, and my best bet is I was planning on making a fitted slip --- but I have no idea why I would have chosen this particular combination. Its a very full skirt, and the dresses it would match don't need anything. And the fact that I can't even remember laying it out makes me wonder if I have been sleep sewing - nothing else explains it.
This whole endevour also made me realize just how much fabric I really have. Thus, I am putting myself back on a fabric-fast, and the goals are the remaining 5 items from as of Jan 2011 stash-bust-part two and five more from what I've gotten since then. Since this is totally arbitrary, I am exempting the fabric I need to finish in progress projects (i.e. the coat, and the red tulle I still need to pick up) but have also decided to count the red polka-dot dress towards my goal. (I love having a mature stash of awesomeness, but until I get a larger space, I'm going to need to starve the beast for a while.)
and on the subject of that self-same red polka-dot dress, here we have the hem tape facings. (I ran out of fabric and couldn't do proper ones.)
I sewed it on, folded it over, and used two rows of zig-zagging to hold it in place. I ended up not going with the white trim everyone liked, as I realized as cute as it was, it wasn't something I'd be comfortable wearing out and about. The buttons were more me, and as I will almost invariably pair it with a while cardigan, it will all work out. The current problem is the back center seam. From the pictures, it looks like I need to add a bit more ease, but there is quite a bit already, and IRL there appears to be too much.
|To ease or not to ease?