Friday, January 29, 2010

Progressing slowly

It's been a bit of a difficult week here in the sewing room.  I've been a little under the weather.  Nothing serious, just enough to sap away my energy and make it hard to focus, so I really haven't been sewing much.  I wanted to be in top form before I tackled the sleeve gussets!  This morning that magical combination of sleeping kids and reasonable energy happened, and I got the bodice lining fully constructed!
I'm happy!
The dress goes together in sections, so the skirt is already done and fully lined.  Here's a peek at the lined back vent.
I used the instructions from Connie Long's Easy Guide to Sewing Linings, which I also used to draft the bodice lining pattern.  Fabulous book!  The instructions and illustrations are great!

The hip sash is also constructed, but I'm not sure if I want to attach the bow.  I'm not usually a bow sort of girl, but I like the way it looks with this dress, so I'm torn.
No bow?

I'm leaning toward the bow, but I think I'll wait until the dress is together and decide then.  It's hard to tell how I feel about it when it is just sitting there on the ironing board...

I was really hoping to get this baby all done this week, but I really don't think it's going to happen.  I still have to construct the bodice, including the gussets, pocket flaps and collar, bag the bodice lining, work the buttonholes, attach all the pieces to each other and then close the lining.  Here's to next week!


  1. I saw you weren't posting as much! Missed you! Hope you feel a bit more upbeat.

    WRT Connie Long's book - I saw you had it and I checked out of our library and used it in a Kwik Sew Sheath Dress I'll post about in a few days (hopefully). .. Love the lining!!

    I'm not sure on the "bow." Great job on it but I'm not a huge bow fans. That being said, it might take away from the "vintage" look so you may have to include it. . . .

  2. Great job so far. I actually like both ways (with and without bow)... maybe you can somehow make the bow interchangeable.

  3. Perhaps you can fix the bow so that it is detachable and you can wear it when you are in a "bow mood" and not when you're not. i personally like it. YOu are doing a fantastic job on this dress.

  4. Bow! Yes! It's a big part of the design. Just wear the dress on your "I feel like wearing a bow today" days.

  5. I vote "Yes, Bow!" because without it, the dress seems to be lacking something. Feel better soon!

  6. I'm sorry you're feeling under the weather. :( You're making some great progress on the dress. I think I vote bow, especially as yours turned out so well.

  7. Feel better soon and make a fabulous dress! You're on the way.

  8. It's looking very, very good! As for the bow, I'm with Julia. If I had enough fabric, I'd make two belts, one with, one without. Your call, eh?

  9. I'm not much of a bow person either but I think for that particular dress it would look nice.

  10. Great work! I really like the bow...I can't wait to see the finished product!