What a week it’s been. As I type, we’ve had 150 donations to the Made Up Justgiving page and we’ve raised over £1600. 60% more than our goal. Hey, how does it feel to be an over achiever? I’m fascinated to see what we can accomplish by 10 September.
And what have we been making? There are already some fabulous sewing projects coming in, such as this one from Sewing With Kate. Isn’t it gorgeous? Lots of people are linking to Made Up (thank you!) and I’ve really enjoyed reading blog posts such as this, this and this.
So, you’ve all been busy and what have I been up to? I’m thrilled to say I’ve completed a full toile of the Vogue 5098. If you can remember as far back as April, I’d already made a first toile of the bodice. Step two was making a full toile, incorporating adjustments. I took this version seriously. Not just as a process for checking fit, but for learning construction. The great thing about calico toiles is that you can scribble all over them!
I tend to baste a zip into a toile. I can’t judge fit otherwise. I added facings, because I wanted to properly assess the neckline, I trimmed the hem to the length I wanted and I pegged the skirt as I hope to with the final make. You need to be sure you can walk in a pegged skirt. Don’t know what a pegged skirt is? You should check out Erica Bunker. She is the queen of pegged skirts. I hope to achieve something similair in this make.
Aren’t toiles disgusting? That’s kind of the point. There’s nowhere to hide and fit adjustments can’t be avoided. Largely, I’m very happy with the fit. I would like to tweak the princess seams. I do this by pinning, and then marking the adjustments on my calico – a trick learnt a long time ago now, at Morley College.
Can I finish this dress by 10 September? Ambitious. There’s a bound buttonhole involved and I suspect that final fitting of the bodice will involve a lot of subtle tweaks. Plus, when I set my deadline I overlooked the fact that I actually have a social life over the coming weeks! I’m up against it. But, then again, we all are.
Good luck, everyone! How are you getting on?