Sunday, 24 July 2016

Work In Progress (and that's not just the sewing...!)

Currently my Sewing Room looks like this


Not a pretty sight!
In fact it's worse than this right now as the photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. The entire wall is a mess, not just some of it. And, we have 3 rooms like this :(

Due to the essential maintenance I haven't been able to do any sewing for some time and naturally I am starting to get withdrawal symptoms. I work a lot of hours over the summer months anyway but when I can, I have been busy sourcing fabric for THIS shirt dress pattern I purchased some months ago. I am making View C with View D sleeves.
I finally decided on these two invert colour fabrics in cotton poplin available in 14 different colours (HERE) from Minerva Crafts.


On my last day off I laid the bodice pieces onto my ironing board (I have no table!), cut a toile and sewed it up by hand! (yes this is how desperate I am to sew).  It was way to big on the upper bodice but with the advise of a few fellow sewists out there I made a few pattern tweaks, cut again and hey presto!

Today I had another day off so I scrambled about on my hands and knees on our hall floor and cut this baby out. My it's just like being a teenager again cutting out on the floor!
I am using the red fabric for the main and the red on ivory for contrast.

All there is to do now is find somewhere in the house that isn't either under going construction, or housing all the furniture from said construction rooms, to pitch my machine, and get going...

Thanks for stopping by :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn

12 comments:

  1. I'm sure your alterations/ essential maintenance will be worthwhile. I'm glad you're managing to do a little. You'll be really ready to get back into it big time when you can. How long to go?

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    1. Probably at least another month (the builders don't turn up every day!) but yes, I will be so ready to get stuck in once it's all over :)

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  2. Hang in there! I'm sure it will be well worth it when it's all finished. I like your fabric selections for the dress - this will look nice!

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  3. One more month and the construction will be over - hang in there! You will be so glad to have had this work done and it will be behind you soon. Glad to hear you are still sewing despite it all.

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    1. No sign of the end yet unfortunately, but at least I am dabbling in a little sewing!

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  4. In my world sewing = sanity, when everything is upside down and a mess sewing is the one thing that is able to help, the fabric looks lovely and like the contrast. Hope the rest of the building work goes well.

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    1. I totally agree Lynsey! And thanks for the comments :)

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  5. Glad to know that the construction is going well. Hope will be over soon. Love your fabric choice :)

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  6. Oh I agree, sanity slips when sewing goes by the board. Building is just so disruptive, not just to sewing but to living in any sense at all - especially when you are already busy at work. Good idea to set up a temporary place. But I do love what you are making - gorgeous pattern and fabric - and you are going to have a handsewn couture make! Can you do buttonholes by hand - I had to when I learnt to sew, only had a treadle machine, no buttonhole device on that. And I used to overcast by hand - are you as well?

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    1. I'm not sewing the dress my hand Sarah Liz... only the toile! Goodness im sure it would fall apart if I did it by hand haha ;) I have set my machine up now on my office desk. Its not ideal as I have to keep putting it all away and out again just to grab half an hour of sewing but its better than nothing. The dress is coming along slowly. So slowly that summer will be over by the time its done but its been the making of this dress thats saving me from the chaos at both work and home! As for the buttonholes, I am actually using poppers. Just to be a bit different!

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