I'll write about my adventures in sewing, pattern design, fabrics, notions, sewing books, magazines and the lessons I've learned from my Mother along the way. I'll be adding Knitting as well now that I have my own knitting buisness.
Wrapping the wrap Dress up from Calgary to Nova Scotia
Finding the time is making the time! After putting my new sewing room together I made the effort to finish this puppy up and I’m pleased with the result.
From Beginning to End
I’m happy to say, finished! Sewing this dress took a long time with many interruptions along the way. I’m only guessing 4 years it took to finish this dress. I started a knitting business, homeschool for my youngest, took on a large wall quilt job, moved across Canada and the general hub-bub of life. My intention for the next dress is a shorter time of creation from start to finish.
Hemming the Dress
Hemming the dress proved to be a bit more challenging than expected. First problem the hem is straight across, so I’ll be changing that for the next dress which will not take 4 years. The second problem was something I forgot about early on and as the years progress it slipped my mind and didn’t surface until the end when I was hemming. So, the problem was up front where there are two layers and the underlayer was too wide at the bottom and as you can imagine this was not good! Fixed it to my satisfaction.
Next Wrap dress will be Black
I’m looking forward to starting this dress and finishing it up much, much sooner. Since I have the pattern altered and I will also make necessary adjustments concerning the hem I’m sure it’ll take no time at all. Also I’ll be changing sleeves to a cap ones.
The journey to finish this wall quilt was a long one, and took me just over a year to finish. Even though this was a very busy year for my family, I am pleased with the results and I’m eager to get started on the second and now that I know all of the twist and turns of the first one I’ll be able to bypass a lot of problems I ran into.
What’s on the back of the quilt
There is an Irish blessing and prayer. I’ve sewn a small pocket for special letters from a mother to a daughter.
May the dreams you hold dearest be those whichcome true. And the kindness you spread keep returning to you.
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow. May the soft winds freshen your spirit. May the sunshine brighten your heart. May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you. And God enfold you in the mantle of his love.
From Beginning to End in pictures
Next week after I finish up a dress I started a long time age, I’ll start work on the second quilt. I also have to say that my friend who I’ve been sewing this quilt for her daughters, has been very patient and when I showed her what the final result was she was over joyed. This has made me very happy and I can’t wait to get started on the next one, which will be the last one for me to make.
Question: What is the longest time you worked on a project and finished?
I’m almost finished, I suspect this week will be the last and on the weekend I’ll just be touching things up. I know this is an odd angle but I’m still basting the right-side seam.
The size I went with was (10) not just because I’m a size (10) but for this pattern it was just a tad too small which I thought would be good since it was a stretch fabric.
I’ve basted by hand the outside of the dress before I make the final stitching of the side seams. This is because I have to fit the wrap dress to my figure first and make any adjustments.
side seam gather
I’m very please with the gathers at the left side-seam, I may have to adjust the gathers if I have to take the dress in more than I expect, we’ll see. Next after the side-seam will be the short sleeves and hemming.
Well this post was short and sweet, I’ll be getting back to sewing now.
Question: I don’t have a lot of experience with stretch fabric, so any last-minute advice would be appreciated.
God Bless & Sew On
I wrapped the fabric around Gillian to see the drap.