I realized the other day that I don't like to sew casual clothing because it's to easy to buy RTW...probably some of my malaise in actually sewing for my vacation. I much prefer the challenge of making well fitted, fashionable work attire, which brings me to my disasterous version of McCalls 6559.
I know that the pictures don't look bad but I manipulated those pics by putting on some heels, having a nice hairstyle and make-up on. What I don't like besides the side view (which will never be photographed for public consumption!) is the mass of fabric on my plus size body. It wouldn't have mattered if I'd used a bolder print, or if I'd edged the armholes and neckline in binding...ultimately there was just too much fabric covering my body without any details to break it up. This is not the right style for my body and even though I'm an experienced sewist, I, too, can be swept away by the prevailing tides of a popular pattern thinking "I can make it work!"
Actually, I think normally I'm pretty sensible in my sewing choices, knowing which styles will and won't work for my body type and knowing when I step outside my comfort zone, not to step to far. The other reason for showing the dress was to acknowledge the fact that I too have wadders. Not as many as I did when I first learned to sew, but yes, every now and then I do make a bad pattern or fabric choice! And for those who want to know, this dress is in the garbage. There is nothing I want to salvage from it and I have ALOT more fabric to play with so I'm not distressed that it's been trashed. Sometimes, you just need to throw something out to move on.
Since I'd pulled all of those knits out, I did cut out another V1250 which is almost finished because I just didn't feel like rushing. Enjoying the process and watching some TV was just what I needed to end the weekend since it was kinda hectic with the grandkids over. Gawd, you forget how much noise those little people make when they aren't around so often! *LOL* So the V1250 dress and the McCalls dress will probably be my last pieces before vacation.
I have a "Wearability Update." I finally wore the Trendy Lace TNT dress to work yesterday...a month after completing it...and it wore well but I had to be careful because it seemed as if everything wanted to catch on the lace especially since the lace is so open. I'm also glad that I added the bias bindings instead of doing a normal lining for the armholes and neckline. Having the bias bindings on the garment really helped avoid a lot of wear and tear at the underarms. It is not a dress that I will wear often, it's too special and a little fragile. I would hate to ruin it after all of the hard work that I put into it. Oh and it garnered alot of compliments not just from the people I work with but also from a few strangers on the street! - Sorry I moved this sentence from the McCalls 6559 paragraph because it should have gone here...sorry for the poor proofreading!
Also, so you know I don't Facebook, Pinterest (though thanks to Shams, I can check to see what's pinned from my blog) or any of the other social media thingies...I just think the computer is already enough of a time suck that when would I sew if I spent time on those sites?! But I did set up an Instagram account because I kinda like being able to take a pic and post it...or maybe because it's just not that time-consuming. *LOL* Anyway, I'm DiaryofaSewingFanatic on Instagram if you want to follow me. I've posted a pic of the Trendy Lace Dress IRL as one of my first pictures along with the shoes I wore.
Now I have a few questions for you. If I were to teach a class to plus size sewists, what would you like to learn from me? A technique? How to recognize a trend and make it work for you? How to measure your body and interpret it in a sewing pattern? How to use prints effectively? Or something else? Now before you start leaving a whole lot of questions about when/where/how I'm going to teach, please don't. This is something I'm thinking about...NOT something I've got concrete plans to do. So tell me what you think, I'd appreciate it!
...as always more later!