Hey kids- I trust all’s shiny? It’s been said before but it’s cooking hot in London and we’re all in shock. Calm down, London, it’s only Summer. I know, I know, it doesn’t usually happen so now we’re all secretly hoping the rain will stay for a week so we can wear knits and drink more tea (not that the heat is stopping the tea drinking. One must stay hydrated) and eat pies and soup and Stay In. London is weird when staying in becomes an event. Staying in is what we do! All over the internet people’s new Summer dresses (because we can get away with sewing more than one Summer dress and not have to be practical about it- viz. “if I sew another Summer item it’ll just never get worn. I should sew something for our climate. I really should”) are making an appearance. So guess what? Here’s mine!
The benefits are manifold: I get my prize (a new pattern- double yeehaw!); I’m getting a bit quicker at sewing processes; I’m learning how to use small chunks of time to complete a garment (yay Marginal Aggregation of Gains!) and I’m learning new techniques.
This last was a double delight to me whilst reading Sarai’s wonderful memo to newbie stitchers– that lady comes up with gems of wisdom all the time. What a treasure!
New techniques here include using jersey (properly, using a pattern), changing a pattern for woven fabric to accomodate the use of said stretch fabric and trying front bodice lining instead of a neck facing (to make a neat neck and armhole seam). Also- I’m in love with the overlock stitch on my machine! It’s blimmin’ fantastic and makes for a really neat edge. Oh, and twin needles. Nice hems, what?
So you’re dying to know what’s next, right? We’re ahead of schedule so I’m going ahead and fitting a Sencha blouse because I don’t have enough blouses to go with all these skirts I’ve been sewing! Until next time!