Monday, February 12, 2018

Sewing clothes for a cruise

I've been sewing clothes lately.  Not something that I usually do since I am so passionate about making quilts.  But we've signed up to go on a cruise - MY FIRST EVER!  So I decided to make a summery dress and a couple of tops to celebrate and take on the trip.

I have a body double made out of duct tape that is a super good tool to use to fit patterns on yourself.  However, you have to stay the same weight and shape for it to be useful.  And you guessed it, I'm not the same shape as when that duct tape body form was made.  So, I made a few adjustments to the patterns, cut them out of light weight muslin and had my husband do the fitting changes while I wore the muslin mock-up.  This was his first time doing it and I could tell he didn't really feel like this was something he wanted to learn or could learn to enjoy.  I told him it was good for his brain to learn something new.  He is a trouper.  Hey, a husband that finds pins and needles and thread all over the house and doesn't grumble is a good man in my book.

And, because I haven't sewn clothes in a while, I had to do some reading up on how to handle chiffon fabric, how to do french seams, how to make fabric button loops, and how to preshrink interfacing.  So, now my brain has gotten more workout too.

Here are the patterns I am making:

lime green with short sleeves

ivory silk slip dress as base layer

Crepe de Chine dress, short sleeves, 12" longer than pattern


I hope you also do different things from time to time so that you're brain stays active!

2 comments:

  1. You are going to have a great time and you are so wise to stitch some fun pieces to take with you!

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