I’m making a (pink!) toile of my next make, using careful thread tracing and everything. The above is a photo of the midriff sections pinned together at the thread traced seam lines, waiting to be sewn together. It’s a long time since I sewed with this level of care (not since my Gertie Bombshell Dress) but it’s important not to sink back into comfort zones, I feel.
I’m following Craftsy’s Susan Khalje Couture Dress course. It’s absolutely brilliant. Even if you have no intention of making a dress to this level right now, I recommend having it on hand to watch on the sofa.
Susan makes an interesting comment as she’s teaching – that we’re all so used to wearing stretch fabrics that we sometimes find dresses in woven fabrics a bit constrictive. I agree! I have to be in the right mood to wear one of my wool or cotton dresses. Sometimes, I just want to slouch in stretchy leggings. Have you found the same?
I’m a huge fan of Craftsy. They bring expert teaching to every household at a really affordable price point. Hmmmm. Pay hundreds of pounds to schelp across town after work for an evening class, or have expert classes on hand at home? The only down side, for my money, is the lack of real life engagement with other learners.