I was on holiday in France again, and I can’t believe it’s already 2 weeks since I got back! Time for a holiday sewing catch-up.
The holidays are a great time for sewing, for me. I can take a half-finished project away with you, and wear it once it’s done. Or I can catch up on projects that I don’t seem to find time for the rest of the year and get them moving on.
The half-finished projects
I took a dress that I’d started specifically so that I could finish it and start wearing it. I bought this stunning blue cupro from the world-famous Man Outside Sainsburys, when I was last in Walthamstow. I really wanted to be wearing it, and not keeping it in Stash, so the day before my hols, I cut it out, and got it basically stitched together the morning we were leaving, so I just had the hemming to do…
I was using the same Simple Sew Stylish Shell Top pattern that I’d used for the Pink Flamingos dress. I made it slightly more A-line, by flaring the side seams out when I cut it. There was no iron at my sister’s, so the hem looks a bit bouncy in the picture, but I did get it pressed as soon as I got home.
What I have found, though, is that the sleeve heads are a bit dodgy. I may see if I can take them down a bit, because it can sometimes look like I’ve got Eighties Power Shoulders going on. I think I’ll need to revisit the sleeve and armscye of this pattern. It’s worked fine up until now, but I think that’s because the fabrics I’ve used before with this pattern have been softer and more fluid – this cupro had a bit more body.
I also finished another pair of knickers, left over from Project Pants, in May. I’ve still got one awaiting elastic, but I’ve got less impetus now that MMM is over!
Getting around to it projects
I got a few more granny squares crocheted. I only need another 50 or so, then I’ll have all the crocheting together to do.
I also did a bit more work on the 100 Day Dress. At this stage I’ve got 15 days left to go. My tactic is to use the next couple of days to sew the dress together, and then see where there are gaps that need filling. But actually it’s all very close to the finish now.
But the sewing job I’m happiest that I got done was shortening the sleeves on a hoody I’ve had for years. Every single time I wore it, I grumbled to myself at how long the sleeves were. Clothing manufacturers seem to assume that if you’ve got a big chest, then you also have long arms. My preference is always for shorter sleeves, I don’t like having fabric flapping around my wrists, and I always end up pushing my sleeves up my arms.
So I decided it was time to get around to shortening the sleeves on this hoody. I took a big chunk of the sleeve off, saving the cuff ribbing, to reattach it to the shortened sleeve. I had a lot of ease to take in, so I pinned it to kingdom come.
I used a stem stitch to sew the cuffs back on, to allow for a bit of stretch. And Tada! Nice new 3/4 length sleeves!