I had the fabric.. a beautiful fresh green linen from Chrysalis (and had to order an extra metre),
and had the pattern, Vogue Ralph Rucci 1381. I even had the time!
However indecision and doubt infected this project from the beginning – nay, well before the beginning. My heart just wasn’t in it and this, I believe, has affected the result.
I knew a Vogue advanced rating would be challenging and that’s exactly what I really wanted – I’ve already made the T-shirts and cotton skirts for summer and needed something that would make me think and plan and figure out.
Well, maybe I couldn’t figure out, or plan – the fact that I needed to order an extra metre tells you I hadn’t planned properly to start with and maybe I just couldn’t deal with the advanced rating: or a combination of all of the above.
While the finished dress on the pattern envelope is polished, refined and simple – here’s the reality – the inside centre front! Now just how do you trim those seams? Seven of them all ending in one point – hah!
And that’s just the construction – there’s about 1000 hours of quilting to be done before you even get to this stage.
The pattern has 29 pieces in total: but 8 of them have to be cut 3 times on 3 different substrates and quilted together – and that’s cut 2 folks on each – so that’s 62 pieces just for the quilting. Then you have to actually do the quilting – I used 2 spools of thread on this stage alone.
Ready to give up and retire (RTW was looking decidedly attractive at this stage), I thought that if I’d managed to complete the quilting I may as well carry on – can’t give up now in spite of overwhelming odds. England and World Cup – similarities anyone?
So I got the bodice made and skirt attached.
Even managed to sew in an invisible zipper…. and there’s not just one waist seam line to match – there’s three!
The skirt’s lining was cut, made and attached.
Sleeves are cut out – not sewn: sleeve linings are cut and ready to insert: bodice lining is cut and ready to sew: hemming and that’s it.
Here’s what the dress looks like on me (alright, no sleeves, shoulders are pinned, no hem etc, but look past that please)
Front pleat won’t lie flat with the skirt; wrinkles at the top of centre front skirt (might be able to disguise with knotted belt); wrinkles on front bodice above quilting; neckline too low (easy fix); not polished, refined, elegant or slimming (not easy fix).
And here’s what the dress looks now.
So – should I finish? Justify your answer. (10 marks)
Things are going to go a bit quiet here for a few weeks while I mark A-Level exam papers. The machine has been packed away under the table which has been transformed into exam marking central. All those young futures are dependent on me taking the next few weeks seriously – no really! I have peoples’ lives in the palm of my hand – oh the power……wish I had it over my sewing too!