…and we’re making progress.
Yesterday I spent a glorious autumn afternoon in the car listening to podcasts of Desert Island Discs and driving to the Midlands to meet Alice-who-isn’t-a-cat at a motorway service station for coffee and a fitting session.
The coffee raised no eyebrows. I can’t say the same for the fitting session in the rather unpleasant ladies loos.
Thankfully the dress fits perfectly so we could escape very quickly. But the sight of a tall brunette in a half finished satin frock and matching shoes was more than some of the other occupants could quite get to grips with.
Unfortunately, the visit was not without problems.
I discovered a stain on the front bodice.
Sewing gods, why do you try me so?
I’ve no idea what it is.
I’ve no idea where it came from.
So today I removed the bodice (again) and cut another bodice front. By lunchtime the dress was ready for hemming (I just need some ribbon and I can get that done), and I’d had the opportunity to add one more little “couture” touch to make it all look just that little bit better.
Instead of under-stitching the lining on the machine, I did it by hand, with a toning thread. I love this detail!
And my dress?
I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week hand-stitching net and cotton lawn to 14 pieces of face fabric. Today I machined my first seam. This feels like a corner turned.
I love how the layers of interlining give you a beautiful seam with no seam allowance “show through” on the right side.
I’m using a contrast zip just for an unexpected pop of colour. It shouldn’t work, but it does!
And I just love a hand picked zip….so easy to do and you have absolute control over the thing. Goodbye wiggly zipper. And you can hardly see the stitches on this duchesse.
Tomorrow I put all the dress shell pieces together.