The body block has been made, and from that I have created the pattern for my sheath dress. I altered the neckline and shoulder line of the dress. Above is a shot of all the pieces starched and ready to go. Once on my fabric I need to add ease to the pattern and add the length of dress plus hem.
Here is a shot of my fabric:
Shopping for fabric in New Hampshire is not nearly as fun as Rome. It is a wool/poly herringbone in a brown-black that I purchased at Joann's during their ridiculous holiday sales. It wasn't my first choice (which was 100% black wool) but this will work for the first time through; this at $7/yd was much easier on the wallet than $25/yd wool. The dress is not lined, which I am still unsure about. Will that be itchy? Any thoughts?
The other thing that I came across in Simon's instructions were concerning the treatment of the center back panel. He simply states to add 3/8 inch to both side seams (side front and back) for the ease that I mentioned, but nothing about what to do with the back center seam which had 1.25 inches added to it during final-block stage. I noticed in the photo of the book that edge is turned under and a seam allowance is added to the center back. But nowhere does Simon himself mention any of that, neither turning under or adding. For those that want to use his book, keep this in mind. Speaking of his books, anyone get this yet?
I have also noticed that for some reason my center back is no longer a straight line down. I don't know where or why this has happened, but hopefully it won't cause any problems. This is why using inexpensive fabric is a must. I added length, very generously. You can always take away, it is much harder to add fabric later :)
And to those who so kindly responded to my sewing-machine paralysis, all your comments, instruction and encouragement are much appreciated. And look!:
I did it! Yay!
It was for the bobbin, you guys are so smart.
My New Home is threaded, bobbined (if that isn't a word it should be!) and ready to sew this sheath. I am using my Husky to finish the edges and then on to the New Home to do the real work. So much progress this weekend on all fronts. Yay for progress!