I am pleased to say that yesterday evenings class was tons more productive than last weeks, and I came home with a smile on my face and feeling motivated, as opposed to last weeks' big grump!
My skirt is very near completion, with only the hem to be stitched and the buttons sewn on, hooray! I managed to sew my button holes very effectively (easy when you know how, I hope that I can transfer this skill to my own sewing machine now!) I also attached my waistband, and the gathers which I did at home on Tuesday night (first time!) stayed in place until the bitter end :) I'm going to finish those few little bits over the next two weeks, no class next week as it's half term. I also talked through my next pattern - a shift dress, with Janet, so I aim to make a start with that too.
- how to sew button holes.
- how to create 'tram line' i.e. tacking to mark the location for button holes (so much easier and effective than my first attempt with a ruler and tailors chalk, woobbbbly lines).
- what sewing needles to buy - size 9 is apparently a good place to start.
- Polish pins are the best so I am told, and ones from China can tend to pull your fabric.
- to add 1 1/2cm for seam allowance on a pattern.
- drawing woobbbbly lines to mark my button hole, I'm told that I am, in fact, NOT lopsided :)
- missing a tiny section when sewing my waist band to my skirt, but I did resolve this very quickly :)
- attempting to attach the bow waistband to the skirt so that it
would create a bow on one side, rather than in the middle, and finding out that it didn't quite work! The result? One side of the bow being about 2" longer than the other, oops!
I also wanted to quickly share another work in progress. I had a go at making a simple strapless dress with some recycled 1970s bedding (which, I must add, I love). I need to use a wider elastic and adjust the hip measurements though - a little bit too tight!
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts :)