Hi everyone! A few little changes to my plans as my fabric search for Vogue 8950 was unsuccessful. I didn’t realize at first that the pattern called for a 2-way stretch fabric, and I couldn’t justify the price of the gorgeous stretch jerseys (but oh how I want them) for a first garment. So, a new fabric choice: bright, lovely rayon challis and a new pattern: KwikSew 3870.
So excited to begin, and then……oh my! Perhaps this isn’t the best fabric for a first make.
It’s so very pretty, but so very shifty. Enter the dog from the title. He came and left his hind legs throughout my cutting and stitching. What to do now? Well, I persevered, cursed a little (only in the most ladylike manner of course), and trimmed and basted and pinned, and re-trimmed and re-basted and re-pinned, and finally we have a tunic. A very long tunic. Not a good match for my short legs. Had already shortened the pattern at sleeves and bodice, but it needed another 2 inches off the bottom. The extra inches are now gone, but it still needs hemming, so no picture until next time. And alas, the fit is a little wonky; I see a fitting class in my immediate future.
So sewing wizards, I have questions. What might have made the cutting out easier? Are there some absolutely necessities I need to start with? Maybe a cutting mat? Do you cut directly on the pattern or transfer all markings with chalk or tracing wheel on transfer paper? Do you hand baste your seams? Machine baste? Just pins? I seem to recall using a long machine stitch to “gather” the sleeve excess at shoulders; does that sound right? Still determined that V8950 will be my next pattern, and I’m looking for a nice orangey-coral, Mood has some nice selections. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime, before sharing the finished top, here is a little glimpse of the woods near my home in Rochester NY; we love to walk up there. So relaxing, and lots of wildlife. And now I’m off to hem. Happy sewing, all!