I am deep back into my Craftsy Couture Dress course with Susan Khalje. (Stop Press – she sews over pins!) It took some time to get my head back round the pieces I’d abandoned when my Pyjama Party tutorials kicked in. I don’t advise putting projects to one side. As ever – do as I say, not as I do!
Anyway, I’m now really excited by this make, but I know it’s not going to be a quick one. Above is a detail from the hand basting with silk thread to attach silk organza underlining to every piece – and there are 22 pieces in the Vogue 8648. (Let’s not forget that this pattern is ranked ‘Easy’ by Vogue.)
After this is done, the whole dress is basted together by hand and assessed for potential adjustments. I am already pretty confident there will be adjustments, even though there’s been a toile. This is uber-sewing and uber-fitting! And none of it happens quickly.
Which brings me to my question. Can you learn patience? My answer is ‘yes’, but that it’s hard won. You only learn patience by having to be patient and that can be a cruel, painful lesson. I’ve learnt patience through gardening, owning a puppy, writing manuscripts that disappear into bottom drawers, by beating my fists against my temples and sometimes weeping and wailing. I’m definitely learning patience with this dress.
What about you? Do you think patience is a skill or a talent? Can you learn it or are you born with it? And what sewing project is teaching you patience – the hard way?!