OK, this isn’t nearly as dramatic as the title might lead you to believe, but I just had to stop fighting with bound buttonholes for a moment (more on that later) to agonize a bit over fabric decisions.
Guys, I’m still on the fence about the Lonsdale dress fabric! I washed the blue sateen, and it seemed to lose some of its lustre and slipperiness. So maybe it would be alright after all. However, THIS happened:
It was an accident, I promise! I was walking past Brooklyn General while running an errand for work when I spotted a sign for their shocking 30% off storewide sale, and before I knew it, I had walked in and purchased this ah-MAY-zing fabric! I also scored the Rooibos pattern for a cool 30% off… as well as the Macaron. I know, I know, I had JUST promised Man Friend that I wouldn’t buy any more sew-y crap, but…
So now, dilemma! I’m thinking that this pink print would look super cute as a Lonsdale dress! I was all set to go with this until I started thinking about Gertie’s bombshell dress and how cute this would be for THAT dress! But, realistically, the bombshell dress is a much sassier style and one that would be tougher for me to wear, so I’m thinking maybe I should just go ahead and make the coreopsis print into the Lonsdale dress. Then, once I’m done with Sewalong Mania 2011, I can make a fancy bombshell dress in silk dupioni or something equally schmancy that I can wear to weddings and shindigs. Thoughts?
Returning to the subject of bound buttonholes… I had my second class at the Sewing Studio with Gertie today, and I accomplished nothing! I wanted to learn how to make bound buttonholes, and I basically spent two hours making practice versions and tearing them out when I screwed them up. Yikes! They really look nice when they’re done correctly, but I can’t quite seem to get the hang of it.
The lips are too large for the buttonhole and they overlap. Eww! Let’s take another look at that:
I also figured out that the needle of my sewing machine is aligned incorrectly, so for example, a 5/8″ seam is about 1/8″ off. I’m not sure if the needle position is adjustable or not as I can’t find my manual… it’s buried somewhere beneath the mountain of sewing detritus that’s accumulated in my living room over the last few weeks. I think I’ll be taking a wee break from sewing and buttonholes this evening. We could use a bit more space in our relationship.
In other news, my sister came up for an unplanned visit yesterday, so we decided to start a dress for her. She picked out a red chambray-ish cotton from Mood for the Lisette Passport dress. I spent the afternoon tracing the pattern and making fit alterations for her. I don’t anticipate this project to go very quickly since I’ll need to mail a completed muslin to her and wait for any notes before proceeding with the fashion fabric.
How about you guys? Whatcha workin’ on? Everybody ready for the Lonsdale sewalong? Most importantly, Happy Shark Week!