So October is Frocktober and the challenge was a frock/dress, (whatever you choose to call it).
I’ve already mentioned that Mum bought some fabric from Potters in North Perth, it was two $8 remnants of about a metre each. She has liked the Tiramisu (x2) that I made myself and it was on the cards that I would make one for her. The perfect excuse was her upcoming birthday and her trip to New Zealand next month.
The fabric is a wool/cotton mix and is a dream to sew (and wear methinks), soft and drapey, mmm…….delish! I helped her choose it, as she is a fabric conservative (like me) and I’ve pledged to come outside my comfort zone (Mum too). The green in this print looks beautiful with Mum’s colouring ..and she never usually wears green!
Adjustments I made were to shorten the kimono sleeve at the shoulder edge (Mum’s request) and to take it down a size at the bust and waist. As she lives 2 1/2 hours away, I tried it on myself for fitting, knowing that if it was a bit tight on me, it would fit her 🙂 (I was a bit concerned looking at these pics that I had wonkified the bodice, but no; it’s just dodgy Sylvia who is wonky).
The dress came together easily, I’m getting better with this pattern each time I sew it. I am having “issues” with my overlocker, so all seams were stretch zig-zagged instead, the finish is quite pleasing. I am hand-embroidering a label with a birthday message atm and then it is into wrapping and off to the Post Office…Happy Birthday Lovely Mum!
On another topic, I sewed this dress on Peta Pfaff. She is a 17 year old Varimatic that I bought last year off an elderly Dutch lady and is in beautiful condition. The only gripe I have with her, is her bobbins. They seem to hold very little thread. When I fill them, it takes no time at all and there is a heap of space left over on the actual bobbin. Compare that to old Trude Bernina (a 1969 Bernina 730 I bought off ebay earlier this year) whose bobbins load as full as a goog and seem to last forever, and is it any wonder I prefer sewing with the big T? I had to refill my Pfaff bobbin three times during the making of Mum’s Tira…grrr, very annoying!