Catalogue of Sorts

What I wear, when I wear it, and how it works on my bike

Almost and Almost

Last week was crazy busy, so it was not practical to ride. The weather was beautiful and I was sorry. Today was a high gale warning, so I did not ride and am sorry.

Over the weekend, I finished piecing the new Vogue dress. I added shaping darts at the back after testing the fit. Then I had to unpick the lining which I had nicely attached to finish the neck because I had not included the hood. That made me feel really dumb but very glad I had done no work on the cape this weekend. I was clearly making stupid mistakes.

I used the cord method to gather the hood and it was brilliant (I used embroidery thread). But I was a little careless with the hood placement and it’s not quite symmetrical at the front collar.

I’m sorry I did not add a pocket in the seam (it’s not too late, so I should just do it). My zipper is also going to be much shorter than illustrated (actually, I don’t even need the zipper, but it’s clearly a stylistic feature and very much adds to the late-60’s vibe of the pattern). If I make it again, however, I will put a zipper the whole way for the style.

Ultimately, I think my fabric is a bit stiff for the project. So I am very nervous about the sleeves. I probably should have sewn them flat, but that’s too much to go back and do now. I think I’m going to really like it finished and can see myself making it again in something less “stiff” and more “crisp”. It would work in a ponte, too, so I could do that. Maybe even add thumb cuffs.

In the last week, I’ve worn the Betabrand Get Your Shift Together dress (which I love), my new Ureshii merino tank dress (layered), my beloved Icebreaker tankdress (layered), my new Ureshii wool shrug with my Eileen Fisher hemp t-shirt dress (it’s been warm for December), my Eileen Fisher brown wool shift dress, and a lot of Yoga pants, gym clothes and lounging around the house clothes. I have a wishlist at Ureshii which I should just discipline myself to save for, especially since I have a credit from the tank dress (it’s a maxi and I asked for it to be knee-length)

I washed my Outlier rainpants and they seem to be properly shedding water again. I do have spray to refresh it and boot finish to re-waterproof my Merrells. That’s on the to-do list, as well as repairing the pocket in my lightweight winter coat, and a number of forgotten things. But I’d really like to finish the cape and the Vogue dress this weekend.


This entry was posted on December 5, 2017 by in Sewing, Taking the day off and tagged , , , , , .



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