Sooooo, following on from my Sailor Shirtdress, I was still feeling in a nautical mood and was thinking of making a matching little girls dress similar to the Pippa dress, but then I made a ton-load of chutney, and in my search to find some cool gingham cotton to decorate the gazillion jars, I rediscovered some lovely red and ivory gingham with little blue hearts that I had previously used to make a top and a little light bulb went off in my head - if there was enough left after cutting out the chutney tops (because this fabric was perfect for them too), this would make an awesome nautically-themed dress. The problems:
|a lot of chutney was made|
- I didn't have enough fabric to do the facings;
- There was a mark on the fabric that no amount of washing was removing.
Number 1 wasn't too much of an issue, I could use some satin or lining and do a fully lined dress, which may in fact work better as this was a lightweight cotton.
Number 2, however . . . hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . .
Eventually, after mulling it over for a few hours I had another light bulb moment - a pocket!! That is what I needed - a pocket. A pocket would nicely cover the mark if I could cut the fabric out right so the mark would be where a pocket could reasonably be placed, which hooray! hurrah! I managed to do . . . yay!
So, the pocket . . . this was made from a scrap of the navy polycotton used to make my shirtdress and a heart cut from a scrap of the gingham, which I bondawebbed and then topstitched onto the pocket. I then topstitched the pocket to the dress front. I tried actual top-stitching thread, but my machine didn't like it. It is still a bit not right from when I had to take it apart a few weeks ago, but we seem to be slowly getting back to how it should be - lesson learned re the topstitching thread for the time being though, and my normal thread looks fine I think.
Anyway, construction from thereonin was pretty straightforward - no giant mishaps and for once no unpicking, although I feel this may have jinxed my next project.
Although this was easy and straightforward the dress did take me over a week to complete. I've not been feeling too great recently - my stress levels have been through the roof and I am currently seeing a counsellor. You know I'm not right when I can't be bothered to sew and instead just sit at my desk crying. Anyway, the counsellor has diagnosed depression and anxiety as a result of exhaustion and advised rest and relaxation. I do not help myself, because at that point I should have taken some time off work, but no! Why would I do that?! I carried on for nearly another two weeks - it took me a week to tell my boss what was going on, and even then I kept working. Luckily, my boss, Sarah, is quite understanding, and she cleared my workload for me so I wasn't getting myself in a tiz. BUT, it still took a panic attack at the theatre last week (Shrek at Bradford Alhambra - thank you Lauren for being so amazing and getting me back home) to make me realise that I really could do with some time off, so at the time of writing I am now off work to relax. I'm trying, but for a busy person to just stop and rest is very hard. I must be feeling a bit better though because I have got myself back into my sewing room and I finished this dress and I have other projects planned, which no longer fill me with dread at the thought of starting, which is what I was feeling a few days ago. A few more days of proper sleep and resting and I may be back to my normal self, but I have learned to stop saying yes to everything when someone asks me and to stop putting so much pressure on myself to do everything. My future extra-curricular activities are now just Panto and Uni, which starts again in a couple of weeks. I will only plan one other thing per week, instead of having something on every night/weekend.
|the gorgeous fabric|
and you can just see a peak of my
new labels, which I will gush about
in a later post maybes
Anyway, as I was saying - straightforward. This could be something to do with the fact that I have now made this dress five(?), make that six times, previous incarnations are here, here, here and here (and yes, I have more planned).
I have also discovered that in order to get my buttonholes to go right first time without tantrum, I need to do these at after 10pm of an evening. I had ummed and aahhed about doing these to finish the dress, and in fact thought about leaving them until the morning, but decided to go ahead, and they went perfect first time. I am so proud of myself!!!
Finally, to finish the dress, I added some blue ribbon as a border to hide the hem top-stitching. I think it just finishes it off perfectly, and I used some of the silver anchor buttons that I originally bought for my sailor dress but then decided against. I think they are perfect on this dress.
Anyway, the dress is in the Folksy shop, and is, as usual, one of a kind - I have now run out of that fabric. I'm slowly filling up up the shop and am considering a Craft Fair in Ilkely in November. I would like to do it, but I don't think I need to put that pressure on myself to make sure I have enough stock to take. I'm thinking . . .
Anyway, in the meantime . . .
P.s. I would just like to do a shout-out to the comical Caroline, who has just started blogging and is in fact a comedy genius. Check out her tres-hilare blog here ***disclaimer - it has nothing to do with sewing - I doubt she even knows what needle and thread are***