The first half of the week has been pretty uneventful; I've made a couple of trips to Joann's Fabrics, went on a bike ride on Monday to take advantage of our fleeting gorgeous weather, made it to the gym yesterday and just general kicking around. Nothing terribly exciting, although I did start the daunting project of reorganizing my sewing corner.
I'm set up in the breakfast nook off the kitchen, which is great because it has a ton of light. I also like being on the main floor of the house, close to everything (I watched WAY too many scary movies in my teens to be sequestered upstairs). The space is a good size, but I'm not using it in the most efficient way, especially since it's also an office space. So last night I pulled out a stash of my "everyday" patterns (the rest are boxed up and stored), and I've started going through my fabric horde to plan the best method of storing. Next step, figuring out shelving and reconfiguring furniture.
Sigh. At least it's raining again, so my motivation for indoor projects will be higher. I need to get this sorted out, especially because I've signed up for the One Week One Pattern challenge from Handmade Jane. This will be my very first sewing challenge, so I'm pretty excited about it. If the vacation project reinforced anything, it's that I work better under pressure!
So today, I'm posting yet another dress I cranked out for the Great Vacation Project, to try to incorporate some of my backlog of already-sewn pieces.
Several months ago, I grabbed this fabulous peacock fabric at one of Joann's many 30% off sales...
It looks a bit brown, but it's a subtle gold surrounding the feathers. I kept in my stash, waiting for the right project. After a wildly successful test of the Flora dress, I knew I found it.
Once again, the ladies at By Hand London offer a FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC sew-along on their site, that outlines both the v-neck and tank versions of the pattern. I skipped the paper instructions altogether, just followed the online tutorial. Easy-peasy. I especially love the instructions for inserting the tabs - I think any of the large commercial patterns that try to pull that off would give someone a stroke. These instructions were a breeze.
|wanna-be Mad Men pose|
Some quick notes about the process... I self lined the straps so it wouldn't matter if the underside ever showed. The bodice is lined with a remnant of inexpensive quilting cotton, and the lining is tacked at the waist seams and whipstitched (haha, my handsewing suuuuuuucks) at the zipper tape. The zipper is, once again, a normal zipper inserted using the invisible zipper method.
|NO idea what face I think I'm making|
The wrinkles in the back are from sitting, not stress wrinkles. Promise.
I serged the hem and left it at that. Super lazy, yes, and I was going to finish the hem after vacation. But suprisingly, I get a ton of compliments from people that think it's a decorative stitch, so I'm just leaving it alone.
And thank you to my co-worker for snapping pics of me during our lunch hour.
Halfway to the weekend!