Summer Sewing

serena williams.jpg

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.)

underlining pinned

sewing underlining

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.

darts interior

bust 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.

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12 Responses to Summer Sewing

  1. lauriesannie says:

    I used to see Maya Angelou, regularly, at a local specialty food store. She was as lovely in person as she seems in her writings. And she has risen.

    • Oh my goodness! At my parents’ home (fingers crossed that there has not been a severe throwing out of stuff) I have a signed note from Maya from back in my youth when I was her number one fan whilst studying at university. She really was magnificent herself.

      • lauriesannie says:

        Better dig that out. Frame it or something. Things like that can “disappear.” My husband had an original drawing of Pogo. I say, “had.”

    • You just read my mind!

  2. Birgitte says:

    Oh, that fabric! How gorgeous! Good on you for taking your time and doing things with care!

  3. Always glad to find another Serena fan! Her reading of that poem moved me to tears too.

  4. redsilvia says:

    Your fabric made me gasp out loud with it’s loveliness, Must see this dress when done!

  5. Becky says:

    That fabric! Do show! I think your dress will be a success, never fret.

  6. Twilight says:

    Gorgeous fabric. Enjoy!

  7. Mags says:

    Looking forward to seeing your dress. Hope you enjoyed Andy winning yesterday, we needed some British good news and what a day with 3 winners.

  8. errr this fabric is amazing!!! Can’t wait to see it finished

  9. Sewniptuck says:

    If you buy yourself a rotary cutter and mat you’ll never look back! Even my tailoring teacher expressed the need for us to purchase shears and then he said he would only cut lining with a rotary cutter! Perhaps it’s a tradition thing? Industry cutters use rotary blades on industrial saws. All hail the rotary cutter!!

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