I leave for Texas on Thursday. I am at work all day today and all day tomorrow. I am on a sewing mission! Remember when I started talking about making a dress for my sister's birthday last week? Well, I went a head and muslined this patten, McCalls 5668.
I thought I would have some of last Friday and Saturday to sew, but for those who don't watch the news, here in New England we got a blizzard. A blizzard. Awesome. It was so bad we ended up staying at my parent's house Friday and most of Saturday (lots of food, booze and a generator but no sewing machine!) Sunday I did my best to catch up, but I am still unsure if I can get it done. See, I am even blogging at work so I don't have to do it at home and take up precious sewing time!
Let's talk muslin. The original bodice was a bit big, even though the pattern size (12) is my bust measurement. I know it is somewhat part of the style, and there is a lack of crazy foundation garments, but this was way to long and the sleeves were way too big. Because it was so long, the lower midriff started too low. I had to reduce the length of the top by almost 3 inches! So out came a chunk of the middle, and a sliver off the shoulder. I don't have a shot of the back, but that was a mess. I do have the original muslin that I worked off of, so I will show that when I get back next week. Here is shot of the original before and the (bad, blurry, off-kilter, I know!) altered muslin:
Also, please disregard the all the crap behind my dress form. But even blurry, it looks tons better!
It is an unlined dress, but since I wanted to make this out of black wool it needed to be lined. I went out on Sunday and bought the lining after finishing the final muslin of the skirt. Now I am on a race against the clock. Yesterday, instead of posting my goals, I spent 6 (intense!) hours behind my machine after work. Am I done yet? No. Here is what I have left:
- Handbaste the lining skirt together (here at work. I don't care, this has to be the perk of owning my own business)
- Sew skirt lining together
- Attach skirt lining to skirt (thinking of just machine basting to waistline seam)
- Insert zipper
- Hand sew lining to zipper tape and skirt seam (covering all my seams)
- Press sleeves seam allowance in and sew the lining to sleeves
- Wear to dinner Friday night
It doesn't seem like much, but it will take some time. I wish I had taken a picture of what it look like so far, but for now you will have to do with my camera photo of full muslin:
If you have any fitting recommendation you better speak soon, or forever see pictures of this exact dress in black wool ;) I will post a full description (with better pics) later, I promise!
Does anyone else give themselves crazy deadlines too? Make me feel human, come on and speak up!