What I wear, when I wear it, and how it works on my bike
Well, the Simplicity 7122 may not have been the best choice for my next project, no matter how cute it is. The combination of kimono sleeve and princess seam (with bust dart!) is killing me. There are a number of reasonably clear kimono sleeve gusset tutorials on the web, but this dress does not have a gusset (just a bit of bias fabric to reinforce the stitches). More importantly, the tutorials I’ve found are not for a princess seamed bodice.
Fortunately, I started by cutting the pattern out of an old bedsheet, rather than the plum colored linen I had hoped to use for the pattern. My experience so far with vintage patterns in this size is that they fit really well with only a raising of the waist/shortening the torso and the tissue-fitting for 7122 looked good, once I’d taken about an inch out of the bodice length.
Really? Am I so terribly high/short waisted? This is very surprising to me.
But still, I started with practice fabric because I was not sure about the seam and sleeve. Lucky for me.
I am pretty sure I failed to get the bias square properly attached, to begin with, then I could not figure out how to stitch around the top of the princess panel into the armpit.
I ended up with an excess wad of fabric at the point of the side panel and an uncertainty about how the front would attach to the back.
Pinning the other side starting at the end of the sleeve, instead of at the bodice, did not make things any easier. Taking out the reinforcing bias square did not really help, either.
So, I pulled out all the stitches and poked around more on the internet, to no avail. I did a lot of pinning the pieces together and turning them inside out. I tried different starting points but nothing worked. I’ve set it aside for now.
Next weekend, I’ll start something else and I’ll worry away at this project in fits and starts until I can resolve this seam. I am really hoping to having something else finished and wearable by the end of July, but I don’t think it will be Simplicity 7122. Alas.