Now presenting my newest creation....the Colette Hawthorn! With every garment I create, I learn something new. After making four different muslins (or practice versions) of this dress, I learned that I need to work on my fitting skills. Big time.
I was so excited when this pattern was released that I bought it immediately. I decided to splurge on embroidered seersucker fabric. I was ready.
I sat in the middle of all my bodice pieces and cried. I was jealous of all of the other people that had finished their Hawthorns and remarked on how easy it was. And their dresses looked great. Mine was a mess. (I was also going on three weeks without a shower due to a leak that had left a lovely little hole in my living room ceiling. And my plumber kept cancelling. And I was a little emotional because I was taking steroids for my arthritis. First world problems, right?) I hauled all my muslins to my mom's and she voted on the second one with only an FBA. I went with it. I didn't care at this point.
Once I got started, the dress went together extremely easily. Of course, I also had already had LOTS of practice from my numerous muslins. I didn't even have to read the instructions at this point.
But the universe was not quite totally aligned yet. Because my sewing machine is a moody little thing. She is an old Brother that I bought at Wal-Mart over a decade ago. And there are some days that she just doesn't want to cooperate. I start each project with a new needle. I keep my bobbins full (she doesn't like anything below half full). I make sure she is threaded properly. And she will start of great! I'll sew a seam with no issues. I'll get started on the next seam and she goes berserk and spits all of the thread back out at me. I go through all of my troubleshooting (remove the bobbin, put it back, rethread everything, give her a little pep talk). And the next line of stitches goes wonderfully! But then the next one ends in disaster. This is probably why most projects take me double the amount of time they seem to take others....
|We go through this...a lot....|
I also decided to make a belt using Tilly's tutorial for a bow belt (tutorial is here). I usually don't wear belts due to my size but I feel like the belt ties everything together.
Are you ready to see the whole thing????