As I asked in a recent blog post, can one learn patience? Well, if you’ve been waiting for updates on my travails with the Craftsy Couture Dress course with Susan Khalje the answer is a resounding – yes!
I’m so sorry, readers. I did the worst a sewing blogger can. I allowed myself to become distracted by a sewalong. The Pyjama Party Tofino Style sewalong, to be exact. But that’s all behind me now, and I have re-engaged with my Vogue 8648. Just in time, because I need your help.
If you recall, back at the start of May (eek!) I was trying to piece together sections of the fabric gifted me by Mood – a Marc Jacobs wool that featured both plaid and giant glitter polka dots. No sweat, then! Each polka dot was printed at incrementally different sections of the plaid, which made pattern matching akin to traversing Dante’s seven gates of hell. Still, I was glad to be getting somewhere. As I basted together my sections, I began to feel a smidgin of pride. Oh get thee behind me, pride!
When I looked at my front dress section pieced together, I began to have doubts.
I’d been going for something akin to the optical illusion dress look, as most famously worn by Kate Winslet. (I know, I know…) Yet, it immediately struck me that my pattern lines didn’t give me shape. Indeed, they seemed to have robbed me of any waist definition at all!
These pieces are hand basted together. Easy enough to pull apart. They’re also underlined with silk organza, but I don’t mind taking that work apart either. Wanna see what the flip side of a dress looks like, when every single piece is underlined with silk organza?
What’s your opinion, folks? Should the waist sections be a solid black all around the torso, to remind others and myself where my waist is? I think I already know what your answer is going to be. So much careful pattern matching, about to be thrown out of the window.
But, hey. I experimented. I was careful enough to follow Susan Khalje‘s instructions and hand baste with slippery silk thread. This situation could be a lot worse. You live and learn.
Tell me, readers. Do you like the tube effect or would you prefer to see some waist definition? I’m relying on you to show me the light!
This blog post first appeared as part of the Mood Sewing Network.