today I have hand-sewn my first French seam, it is so very neat. I love it, furthermore I was so impressed by what I had achieved I gave the dress yet another rest....I doubt it will be finished soon. I find the pattern-making way of making clothing mind-boggling as there are just so many steps:|
getting book and then fabric, choosing a pattern, getting pattern paper, measuring self for correct pattern-size, tracing pattern (*wondering if there needs to be extra for seams or is that included in the pattern, then wondering if the chosen size is indeed the right one after all, this thought is a recurring one), cutting pattern paper*, pinning tracing paper on cloth, remembering to look for selvedge edge - just in time, rearranging pattern paper on right side of fabric; cutting cloth*, reading instructions in book, re-reading them; looking at cloth with pattern paper still pinned on and then reading instructions once more, looking back at cloth, this is repeated several times; thinking you have at last understood instructions, attempt at following instructions, finally deciding to just get sewing hoping you'll discover what needs to be done once you have done it..... turns out you were in fact actually following instructions, a result: does it look anything like it does in the book? yes, tada! success...feeling both immensly satisfied and tired, sit back and have a cup of tea, contemplate one's innocence at the moment of buying the Merchant & Mill's Workbook back in Edinburgh; decide to continue with next French seam at a later date, realising the dress will not be finished in time for the Summer of 2015
The stitching on the large cloth is adding so much nuance and texture!
The concert venue is so austere and beautiful, especially with that black piano in it. It sounds like a great time was had by all.