Janet, my dress making tutor, runs a course on Mondays as well as the Wednesday session that I attend. As it is nearing the end of term, she has allowed the classes to come to either or both sessions, which is great! So now, I will be doubling up on sewing time when I can!
I went along tonight (in the top I made! I will get some photographs posted very soon, I'm so proud of myself!). I decided to begin making the dress which I have had the pattern pieces cut out for for a while. It was a pretty productive class, I managed to over lock everything I needed to, attach interfacing to the facings and insert darts. I will be back again on Wednesday to stitch the shoulders together and then pin it all together and put it on the check the fit.
- To not reverse stitch on thin cottons when inserting darts, as it may pull the fabric.
- To sew darts from outside to inside.
- That you can use similar shades of cotton when sewing/over locking if you do not have enough of one - twist them together and hold against the fabric to check if they match.
- Not to attach neck facing pieces together until the garment is constructed, just in case it needs adjusting.
- Cutting the wrong interfacing, oops!
- Sewing one of the darts a bit wonky, and having to unpick it and do it again.
- Not being able to curve the over locker very well (lovely Janet stepped in to save the day before I chopped off too much fabric!).
Here is just a little photograph to show you the darts that I sewed :) Hopefully after tomorrows class, I will have some more interesting photographs to show you all!