So, I’m not especially crafty. I mean, I would love to be really good at knitting and sewing and crafty this and thats, but I’m not. I’m more the Pinterest Fail type. Heh. But, that’s partly due to my lack of patience and my frustration when I’m not immediately good at something. But, I like the idea of sewing and I feel like it’s more within my grasp than knitting (I look at knitting how-tos and my eyes just cross). I have had an old sewing machine for a year or so and had been meaning to bust it out and do something, but never found the motivation. Then I saw the Fall for Cotton sew-along online via the By Gum, By Golly and Lucky Lucille blogs. I figured having a set of parameters and a time limit were good ways to kick myself into gear. So, last time I was home in the Bay Area, I dragged my mom to Jo-Ann and picked out pattern and some fabric. The I came home and crossed my fingers. I hadn’t sewn anything other than a pillow in middle school home-ec and a pair of pajama bottoms in a class a few years back (and the crotch totally ripped out of those after a few wears). So, let’s just say I wasn’t particularly optimistic.
My pattern. Vintage Vogue V8789. The pattern said it was “easy,” so I figured that was a good sign.
My pattern pieces all cut out. I had no idea if I’d actually be able to turn them into something. This step was incredibly tedious. In fact, I found the whole process of sewing rather tedious. Well, somewhere between dreadfully boring and incredibly tedious.
Since I found the process slightly less than thrilling, I only worked on my dress in fits and starts. I probably only spent four or five days out of the month working on it. But, coming in right at the sew-along’s deadline, I finished! Amazing! It’s definitely wonky in places (the facings at the armholes are a little puckered and weird, the gathers of the skirt aren’t evenly spaced, I think the hem is a bit uneven, etc.), but it’s a proper dress and it fits. I wound up making the skirt bit half as full as the pattern called for. That started out as me misreading the pattern, but turned into a conscious decision once I realized my error. I think it was for the best. I’d probably like the look of the fuller skirt, but I had a hard enough time dealing with gathering the skirt as it was. I also opted not to gather the cummerbund, preferring to just sort of zhuzh it myself.
This mofo. Oy. I had to turn a tube inside out when I made the aforementioned pajama pants, but I recall it being far easier than this. I spent half a damn hour dealing with this and was convinced it was going to cause me to totally give up. But, I persevered and got the damn thing right-side out. It then became…
Button loops! I rather like these little guys. Maybe because I know what a pain in the ass they were to make. Heh.
So, there we have it! I made a dress. I’m still amazed. As I said above, I found sewing tedious, but I did actually like how in the zone you have to get when you’re working. You start in on something and before you know it hours and hours have passed. I’m not sure I’ll jump into something new straight away, but I’d like to try my hand at a cotton blouse or another dress. I only have a one-bedroom apartment, so sewing sort of takes over my bedroom, which, as someone rather obsessed with order in my home, throws me off a bit. Heh. But, I do feel quite chuffed at what I did.