It was half term last week at Morley College, but I didn’t have time to hang around. I cut out my pieces for the V8667 dress, using the pattern pieces I’d adjusted with masking tape. I started to sew together the bodice, but then ground to a halt:
Left above: bodice pieces that are out by 1.5cm at the bottom.
Right above: Pattern pieces lined up seamlessly next to each other.
I couldn’t work this one out at all! I had to put the sewing down and wait until I could talk to my teacher. She was able to show me my mistake immediately. When you want to check that your adjusted pattern pieces line up:
- Don’t line them up side by side, as above.
- Place the edges together as you would the pieces of fabric you’re going to sew ie face to face.
Got that? Good.
I recut my bodice pieces in class and sewed them together. Success! Look how neatly they lined up:
Nice neat lines
But peering closer, it became clear I’d made another mistake:
Can you see what I did there?
Even with a tutor in the room, I was still managing to mess up. I spent most of this week’s class recutting or ripping out. Baby steps, baby steps…
I did a little bit of extra work at home, where I indulged my dirty little habit of sewing over pins. Hot on the heels of Tilly’s post requesting details of sewing accidents, this happened:
My sewing machine and I both survived, but this pin is a goner and I’ve learned my lesson. But get this – the needle didn’t even break on my machine! Sewing machines are hard core, aren’t they? If I was having a scrap in the playground, I’d want a Bernina on my side.