For a long time a bad sewing mojo seemed to have been hanging over me, like a purplish-blue cloud. Oh no, that’s my hair! NOTHING was coming out right. Not even a t-shirt… My frustrations were overwhelming, until the time I reminded myself: Hey, it’s supposed to be fun! It’s supposed to be relaxing! Start from the beginning!
So I did…Enter the Perfect Pattern Parcel #3. I bought it because Oona said to buy it. I made the Bombshell swimsuit too, but I still have some major bumps to deal with (the ones in the front, namely)… In the meantime I decided to make the Staple Dress by April Rhodes, it promised to be quick and dirty, just how I like it… And it was. No darts, no closures, only 4 pattern pieces, and if you use pre-made bias tape, there are only 2 pattern pieces! Unheard of!!! I was a little bit afraid it would look too baggy if I cut XXL, and too tight in the chest if I cut XL, so I cut the front XXL and XL back, because I was too lazy to grade between the sizes. Seemed to have worked out OK. Except the neckline was gaping, so I put a little pleat in the middle.
After I put the dress together, it looked quite plain and I wanted to jazz it up a bit. I used small, rectangular studs to make a little pretend collar. I love it!
I also omitted shirring the waist. I tried, lord knows I tried… My machine has a top-loading bobbin, so there is a bit of surgery required, as two YouTube videos assured me, but supposedly one can do shirring on such a machine. Not only did I fail miserably with the shirring, but also I had a super-hard time getting the bobbin tension to where it should be for normal sewing. Must have taken me at least an hour, with this stupid tiny screwdriver, screwing the screwditty-doo. Belts, belts I tell ya!
But hey, all is well that ends well. I put the dress on at 2PM to take pictures, and I did not take it off at all until the bath time. I likeyyyyyyyy, it’s comfy and simple and polka-dotty.
So, what can you recommend to a girl to help her break through a bad spell of no sew-jo?