Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dresses and T-shirts

It was a lazy Saturday today - hooray! I watched my Craftsy class "Sewing with Knits" for a couple of hours this morning (in my pajamas on my iPad - I love Craftsy!), and then I ventured upstairs to try and straighten up the sewing room. I'm trying to make some knit T-shirts, and I found this one that I reviewed on PR back in 2010.

Well, I mean I found the review on PR, but I can't find the actual shirt. I looked in the closet in the sewing room where I hang stuff that needs altering, and no shirt. What did I do with that thing? However, I ran across this Simplicity dress that I started 13 years ago.

Now I think I started this when we moved from New Orleans, but I got stuck on the lined zipper. That was the first lined dress I'd ever done, and I just couldn't figure out that zipper, so apparently I put it aside about 3 years. I eventually pulled it out again and realized I had lost about 15 pounds, so my mom pinned out some excess fabric for me in the darts and side seams. Now, 10 years later, it was time to do something about it. I took all the pins out and just sewed up the side seams by 1" each, then let out 1/2" as I was overzealous, and voila.

Now this was before I knew about invisible zippers, so this is some sort of lapped zipper I think, but I just threw that sucker down and sewed the lining down on the zipper, what with all my Mardi Gras dress knowledge I have these days. Now all I have to do is hem it....and iron out 10 years' worth of pinned up darts...and fix the pucker at the bottom of the zipper. (Apparently I wasn't too good at putting in zippers back then.) It felt pretty good to have a nearly finished dress after about 30 minutes' worth of work!

Now I need to ask you a question, and I'd appreciate any lurkers delurking for a second. I'm thinking of making a T-shirt with this fabric from Japan (no, that's not the question).

My question is when you print a PDF pattern and tape it all together, what do you do with it? I'm going to trace my pieces out, but then do you fold the whole thing up and stick it in a drawer? Do you hang it over a hanger in the closet? Do you cut the actual pattern pieces out and fold them up? It's just a big old piece of paper, and I'm not sure what to do with it once I've traced my shirt.

One last question - what happened to my sense of humor? I was reading through my February 2010 posts, and I seemed to be a lot funnier back then - what gives? Is my life really this boring now? It was also interesting that the SNL clip link still works, but now they make you type in your birthday before you watch it because it's for "mature audiences." Awesome!


Pam said...

What a great find - wow! you were sewing 13 years ago - very impressed. I love the Japanese Fabric and think it would bring some bling to a T-shirt. I've never drafted a printed out pattern - I do keep, however, my sloper patterns that I adapt in a gallon zip lock type of back with the date and name of the pattern.

gwensews said...

Congrats on finishing your dress. It's 13 years old before it's ever worn! Good job. I would untape the pattern and put it in a bag or folder. You could roll it up and store it, but that seems like a nuisance.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

There it is - untaping and storing in a bag - thank you guys!