Bend Like The Green Reed

pinned sleeve

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Confucius

The M6885 is a GREAT pattern. But for now, you’re going to have to take my word for it.

Life has seriously got in the way of this make, and progress has been achingly slow. It’s been worth it, though. If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll have seen most steps along the way. The lawn cotton is from The Sewcial Studio. It’s been a dream to sew with, and I don’t say that lightly. (Though I recommend a microtex needle, and it’s best not to leave pins in the fabric overnight.)

basted hem

I learnt a new-to-me technique! Whenever I’ve sewn a shaped hem, the curved section always gets chewed up by the sewing machine. It’s a lot to manoeuvre around. This time, I decided to hand baste that section of the hem before machine sewing. Makes a big difference. I do love it when necessity forces a bit of lateral thinking.

sleeve tab

This dress is a relatively simple make, but with great details. I’ve used three different thread shades during the sewing, and these beautiful vintage buttons were born to be twinned with this lawn. Funny how I feel guilty cutting into an old, yellowed card of buttons, yet I don’t wince when I start hacking a vintage pattern.

A pattern review should be coming up soon! In the meantime, I hope you’re bending like the green reed with whatever is being thrown at you. Life is for the living and the sewing machine isn’t going anywhere.

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5 Responses to Bend Like The Green Reed

  1. Julia says:

    Love the fabric and pattern, I don’t have a dummy yet but its on my sewing room wish list.

  2. lynl says:

    I am so excited by your make! I bought this exact pattern on recent BMV sale and it’s sitting on my table with some amazing fabric to be turned into something spectacular! And to find out from you, whose opinion I greatly respect, that this pattern is fantastic-well, that’s almost enough to make me push my daily slog out of the way to just such a sewing bliss! Thanks, Karen. Cannot wait for your full review…and the reveal 🙂

  3. That’s looking very classy! I’ve learned [eventually] that handbasting really is worth the time for lots of details, like curved hems, some princess seams, collar bands, and some zip insertions. I stick on an audiobook and just crack on. When you look back on all the fighting you can waste on such simple matters, it really is a no-brainer isn’t it?

  4. LinB says:

    “Thousand Cranes” seems like an entirely appropriate image to have under your fingers, at this time. Prayers for you and for all of London, from this little corner of the world.

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