Sunday, April 11, 2010

A pittance of sewing

A pittance is all I have to show you after all this time.

A couple of weeks ago I started to make vintage Simplicity 6672 (sometimes called the Goddess dress). I started sewing a muslin out of polyester jersey, but we are in week 2 of having a houseguest for 3 weeks (eeeee! 3 weeks!) and I just can't sew when I have guests, unless they are sewing friends of course.

I am going a bit crazy with the not sewing.

I am going to show you the frock, with the hem awkwardly pinned, the armholes unfinished, and the seams all puckery because this is stoopid poly jersey and despite a walking foot and jersey needle and stretch stitch it's the best I could do.

I don't know whether I'll finish it looking at that photo. I think it looks better in real life. If I do finish it I'll have to wear it to places where I won't be photographed! Or just ditch this one and make it in a nicer fabric.

I don't usually do muslins, but this is a very different style for me. As it is I took heaps of volume out of the skirt because I only had 2 metres of fabric. I don't think I'd like it with a very heavy skirt. What do you think? Worth finishing, make it in a nicer knit, or give up?


lsaspacey said...

That pattern has been on my wishlist for a long time. May I make a suggestion? I think the bodice is too small or actually too narrow. All the lovely gathers (the goddess-y part) is missing from your muslin. It looks too sleek and almost seems to fit over your bust. Perhaps make a size larger in the bodice part? Just a suggestion...

Rose said...

If you keep working with this pattern, you will find success. It's a great dress-I have long off plans to make it, too. Have you seen this? Gigi made this this dress and blogged about it. I believe she summarizes the types of fabrics she thinks that will work for this pattern. Here is the link (there are two pages, so be sure to look at both).

Rose in SV

Rose said...

I forgot to add this link, which includes the list of suggested fabrics for this pattern. sorry!

I agree, the bodice isn't fitting properly--the neck near the collar near the neck seems a little close.

Rose in SV

kitty said...

Thank you ladies, you have opened my eyes! I can see now that the bodice isn't Goddessy enough and I think I'll try to find some nicer fabric and start again!
And the collar gave me some trouble, because I don't read instructions properly. Whoops!
That's what muslins are for, right?

Ordinary Reader said...

I've been looking through your blog for the first time. Wow! I used to sew and I can't tell you how impressed I am with the pics of your dresses, etc. You're my new hero! Good luck with future projects.