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September 10

What’s on My Sewing Table

I had a very productive Sunday; I went running bright and early, went out to breakfast, sewed all throughout the day (with intermissions for food and petting the bunnies) and then knit a bit in the evening.

I’ve been primarily working on my floral Vogue 7924 dress, but once I got to the waist-stay and zipper closure part, I realized those are the same exact steps that my McCalls 4003 dress has been waiting for.  So I decided to pull off my butterfly dress (McCalls one) off the dressform and proceeded to work on both dresses, simultaneously.

M4003 dress (aka butterfly dress) is on the far right floral V7924 is in the middle, Accessory for your Spring Suit-jumper is on the left.

Both dresses have the same side-seam, lapped zipper treatment and now they both have waist stays.  I still have some hand-stitching to do on the V7924 floral dress, adding a few snaps and whatnot, but that one is mainly done.  The butterfly dress (M4003) still needs its armhole facings completed as well as the center front buttonholes. 

But the main thing that has yet to be completed are the hems.  As you have all come to know, I hate hemming and these dresses have very full skirts which means putting in a whole evening just on hemming.  *Ugh*

Last but not least, I have finished the body of my new fall jumper, the Accessory for your Spring Suit pattern from A Stitch in Time, Vol. 2.  I blocked it overnight but I think it’s going to need a bit more man-handling before it’s wearable. 

Stitch Detail:

The bottom of the jumper looks bumpy still doesn’t it?!  Whereas the section right below the armholes is nice and flat.  While that may be hard to see, overall it looks bumpy.  This is because I used this yarn from another project and the yarn was all wavy like.  I figured it would block out but it hasn’t yet. 

Now…. I only misted it with water last night, sans heat so I’m not terribly surprised it’s still bumpy.  (I was just hoping it would be fine.)  So my next step is to fully submerge it in a water and let it bathe & relax for a while.  From there I’ll put it back on my blocking board and hope that does the trick.  My last resort will be to apply some hot (iron) steam to this guy and press it into submission.

I wish I had some finished projects to show you, but as you can see, I’m nearly there on both dresses!  :)  Hope you guys all had a lovely weekend. 

P.S.  Did you hear about Casey (of Elegant Musing’s) great news?!  I’m so happy for her.  :)

  1. K-Line / Sep 10 2012

    It’ll block out. I’ve done this with yarn too. You might have to wet it but I wouldn’t worry. And I must admit (smug) that I did guess that’s what the absence was about on Casey’s blog.

  2. Anthea / Sep 10 2012

    How I love those productive days during the weekend. Those days are my favourites. Especially when I cleanded the house the day before, did all the shopping and other errands, so I don’t have to feel guilty about it.

    Love to see the finished dresses!

  3. Christina / Sep 10 2012

    I hate hemming too!

  4. Meg / Sep 11 2012

    Oooo…you were so productive! Well done on the dresses – I’m excited to see them finished, but sad that you’ll need a whole night for the hemming. Want me to bring a movie over and help? I’m in a bit of a sewing rut if you need a hand with something :) Your jumper looks marvelous! Some day I’ll be joining you in making epic knitting projects, but I’m sure that will happen after I’ve finished my knitting classes in October

  5. Lauren / Sep 11 2012

    i just found your blog and I am in love! So inspiring! You are an awesome seamstress. I strive to be as organized as you! :)

  6. Janice / Sep 13 2012

    Are you sewing two dresses at the same time?

  7. Janice / Sep 13 2012

    I forgot to add… interesting way to make two things at one time (if you are), is it more efficient than sewing one thing at a time?

  8. Amy / Sep 28 2012

    Nooo hemming doesn’t have to take that long. Do you use your iron to speed things up? My iron is a god send for hemming. Gets me ready to sew in no time.

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