Wednesday, April 13, 2011

RTW Muslin and Fellowship Dress #2

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I'm so far behind on the RTW Sewalong--they're already fusing things, and I've only just got my muslin put together.  And it looks crazzy!  I think I might have to go down a size since it doesn't look that big in the photos, but there's so much extra in the side and hanging over the shoulder.  But the finished product will also be in wool with a lining, so I don't know if it's supposed to have that much extra room.  Or maybe I'll make some seam allowances bigger.

I'm sure the horrid thrift store acetate lining I used for the muslin doesn't help any.  And also rushing through sewing it before going to office hours.  Maybe I should put my sewing machine in my campus office so that I can get something done with students don't show up.

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On AB's suggestion, I decided to go with the periwinkle.  J and I have been doing a spring closet cleaning/clothes purge, and going through my rarely-worn conference clothes, I think I do have enough to make outfits with a blueish blazer.  I mean, almost all my conference clothes are black, and everything goes with black.  But I think I'm going to sit on the muslin, and maybe iron it, for a while before cutting the real fabric because I'm so uncertain about this pattern.  I've made J a suit coat before, but I think this pattern has more pieces and more complex techniques than anything else I've done before.

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In other news, I've FINALLY finished the second fellowship dress, and while I'm happier with it than I thought I'd be, it's not everything I'd dreamed it would be.  It's ok.  It's a self drafted pattern, so it has some crazzy in it because of that, and also some crazzy because the satin lining would not cooperate.  The inside is basically a trainwreck of the lining being way too big for the fashion fabric, despite being cut from the same pattern.  It also adds about two inches to my waist measurement because of the thickness of the fabric, making me feel very large in it despite the fit actually being pretty good.

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But I also look like a super spy with sunglasses on, which is a plus.

I don't know about this dress.  Have you ever made something and then gotten rid of it?  I have another dress that I made for a holiday party, wore once, hated it, wore again a year later and still hated it, and I can't bring myself to get rid of it.  I'm afraid that might happen with this dress.  I don't hate it yet, but I can't see myself wearing it anywhere because it's so different from the rest of my wardrobe.  Since it's a dress, it doesn't really have to go with anything else, but I'm afraid it borders on costumey.  What do you think?  (Either about sewing outside your comfort zone, or about giving away/selling/getting rid of something you've made?)


  1. Sigh. (Man, that seems to be all I write when I comment!) I have donated a couple of handknit sweaters to goodwill. Basically, if I don't wear it in 6 months, it goes in the donation pile. With handknits, sometimes I stretch that out to a year, because I made it and don't want to part with it, but I've been better lately about getting rid of things I just don't wear. And if things aren't quite finished, I just rip them out. Maybe that's easier with knitting than sewing? I don't know. I like the spy picture, by the way.

  2. I have a WAY harder time thinking about getting rid of knitted things than sewn things (although I've never gotten rid of either). For me at least, I invest way more time and money in knits than sewing.

    And it's different than giving handmade things as gifts: that feels great. But just donating away something handmade gives me anxiety and sadness for some reason.