13B. The Wrap of It, Dress. (Pinning & Cutting)

Sew, Sew & more Sewing

This is the part of sewing that is always a hump for me. Questions I ask myself: are did I remember everything, did I get the measurements right? and so on, but here it goes, so cross your fingers.

Well this week has been hectic and today was my first opportunity to dive into my sewing room. So! I’m going to make really good use of this time I have. No more writing, ok!

This week has been crazy as well and another week passes without a lot of time in the sewing room, so I disappear down stairs to make the most of my time. It’s been 21 days since my last post and I promised myself I’d post once a week, well life interrupts us with the best intentions sometimes and we get busy doing something else. That something else was a start-up beginner knitting class I’ll run in a friends coffee shop. I bring the coffee drinkers while she provides the perfect atmosphere for knitting. It’s a win-win situation for both of us, and it’s a great little part-time job I created for myself that works within my schedule. Now back to sewing.

  1. Pin transferred pattern to material to best advantage.
  2. Cut pattern pieces out.
  3. Transfer all markings.
  4. Follow pattern instructions. & this is where my mothers teachings come in. She’d always say, now! what does the next step say? So, always follow instructions one step at a time.
  5. I had to lay the fabric flat on the floor and cut out my patterns exactly because I couldn’t see my lines through the paper since they were upside down.

Finally! I was able to get back into the sewing room & It is done! I have hurtled the hump, yes! Now it’s all about basting, that’s my pre-sewing.

Tomorrow I’ll be basting the pieces together, can’t wait to get started. Well tomorrow has come and the sewing room is tided a bit more and the dress is just waiting to be worked on. Next stage: transfer all pattern markings and cut out back lining, I wont be lining the fronts.

The back lining is a light weight, fine mesh, poly/lycra blend.

Note: when placing my pattern pieces on fabric I had to do a bit of fudging because the salvages’ were difficult to work with and also working on the carpet instead of the kitchen floor was a challenge. Mind you I still think the salvages were going to give me trouble. So I looked more to the pattern on the fabric, as my guide. And I’m pleased so far with the grain.

Next is Basting, but I’m going to have to put the neck together first.

Any advice on sewing this kind of stretch fabric? I think after I baste dress and get the fit just right I’ll surge. I have had success with surging plus I like the double thread and a nice seam finish. I just have to spend time playing with the surger to get fabric smooth and flat. I know that a bit of pull on either side on foot while feeding dress through surger will help.

P.S. Here are some pictures of my beginner knitting projects. A handy dish cloth and a advent calendar mitten. I’m still working on a coffee cup coaster. we’ll see if classes work out. If you’re a knitter you’ll find me on FB: under (Cafe Knitting) it is also attached to my FB: (SewingbytheYard).

My Mom also taught me how to knit. In these mittens you can place the traditional chocolate as well a little note of love or a short prayer, what ever you like. Just have fun. You can use any small child knitting pattern. Good luck, December is just around the corner. Also I’d like to say this is great (Red Heart) Sparkly yarn and it is soft too.

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