Here's what's coming:
- Buttonhole tutorials (1-step, 4-step, corded and universal buttonholer)
- Separate shirred elastic waistband tutorial
- Twin needle stitching troubleshooting
- Book reviews: Fit for Real People and Customize Your Sewing Patterns for a Perfect Fit
- Pattern reviews and completed projects: McCall's 5978 Double knit cardigans, McCall's 5248 cami and pajama pants, McCall's 5925 Very loose-fit dress, aka the "doomed nightgown"
As I predicted while cutting out McCall's 5925, this project was doomed. I hated it from the start but decided to push on. It sat on my desk, taunting me for weeks, stifling my sewing mojo. I decided to knock it out one night and never look at this pattern again. As all sewers know, that attitude will have you making really stupid mistakes and tossing the garment out.
What you are looking at here is the front and back yokes, self-lined and already sewn together. I was adding the top ruffled edges to the yokes and got my left and right mixed up. So now I have a left front ruffle stitched to a right front yoke.
This is what it is supposed to look like:
DH had a great laugh about this one but still thinks my disastrous petticoat is the ultimate mess-up. Yes, this garment could be fixed but I just didn't care enough to do that. The whole time I was working with the pieces and reading the directions, I kept thinking to myself, "There has to be a better way of doing this." It's not a bad pattern; just not a great one. It was only going to be a nightgown anyway.
I'll leave you with this great article by Susan Khalje; the first in a 2-part series. Working With Embellished Fabrics is a great teaser for her OOP book, "Bridal Couture," which she is now putting on CD-Rom. She has a nice way of making a seemingly difficult concept easy to understand so you have the confidence to try it yourself.