I knew exactly that this fabric and this pattern were meant for each other.
Did not have enough fabric for 3/4 sleeves (as the pattern calls for), so made short sleeves instead. I think I overlaid the Renfrew sleeve to check length.
As the skirt seemed a bit short for my tastes, and I had all these new sewing feet to try out, I decided to do a rolled hem on the skirt. It was such a roaring success and I liked it so much, I did a rolled hem on the sleeves, too. Then I tried to do a rolled hem on some knit fabric and can I just say: Stop while you’re ahead, friends. Don’t try to roll hem everything (and perhaps especially not knit fabrics) just because it’s kinda fun. It might not be the most appropriate treatment. But on quilting cotton? Fabulous.
Lovely rolled hem. In love with this hem treatment!
One of my new sewing feet was an invisible zipper foot. I must admit to being skeptical about this foot, because it really seemed that my normal zipper foot worked fine on invisible zippers. But I am a convert, and I shall also proselytise: invisible zipper foot really does assist with inserting the zipper as invisibly as it is intended. It just looks like another seam. Actually, it almost looks better than some of my seams.
Invisible zipper. Third ever insertion (applause, please) and first time using an invisible zipper foot.
If you’ve never had one, the invisible zipper foot has a channel or track of sorts that holds the zipper teeth, which you have of course diligently pressed open, away from the zipper tape (that’s the bit that gets sewn) so you can sew really close to the teeth which is how the zipper disappears into the seam. It does make it a wee bit easier to sew the teeth itself,so you just have to be a bit more careful about that.
I was pretty chuffed. Here I am demonstrating that you cannot see the zip. See? No!
I always wonder about writing these advice-y bits. Take all my sewing advice with a large grain of rock salt, please. I’m a confident, adventurous, slapdash beginner of sorts. I have weird sewing experience (more familiar with industrial machines, than domestic machines) and am emphatically not a couture or vintage sewist (nor ever will I be, I suspect). I will do what works, not necessarily what is the best or most beautiful treatment. Sometimes, I do what I like because it’s fun (see ‘rolled hem’, above), irrespective of, well, everything, really.
And the dress, styled for autumn with me made leggings and boots. And a silly face.
This is the face I make while waiting.
The alternative, however, is the scowl. I think I should not look directly at the camera, because when I do, I always look like I am ready to fight someone.
I’ve got this modelling thing down: Models scowl like nothing else. I can scowl:
But really, it is impossible to scowl (for long) in this dress.