It must be summer. Serena Williams has just won the Women’s Final at Wimbledon. (You can bet I shed several tears at her rendition of Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise.)
I’m sewing whilst Ella rests on the cool parquet floor and I have the doors and windows thrown open. I’m working on my Butterick 5880 for The Big Vintage Sew Along. Having completed my toile, I must now dig deep and sew the darn dress.
Most of today has been spent cutting out pieces. Truly, the most loathsome part of the sewing process. So. Tedious. Particularly time-consuming on this occasion as I was cutting out fashion fabric, silk organza underlining and lining fabric.
But once the shears were put aside, I could enter a slightly more contemplative phase – hand stitching the silk organza underlining to the fashion fabric, whilst watching two magnificent women play tennis. (Below, the interfaced front neckline with silk organza overlaid.)
Why underline? I’ve chosen fabric with enough drape to do justice to the front overlay. But I fear there may be too much drape to support the structure of the bodice. Underlining will help add stability.
Once the underlining was attached I treated both layers of fabric as a single layer. See the below photos of sewing the front bodice darts.
I’m a long way from completion, but at least work has begun. I’m scared that this dress won’t be a success, but in the words of Maya Angelou:
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I rise.