Tabatha’s April Challenge – Days 27 – 30
Wednesday 27th April
During Little Tweedie’s nap time today I cut the lining pieces for the Colette Chantilly dress, the final project of my April Challenge. I transferred the markings to both the lining and the shell fabric. Preparing to sew this dress seems to have taken forever, what with all the tracing and then having to cut two sets of fabric… and such a lot of fabric too: almost four metres of each. I hope the dress is worth all the effort and expense!
Mr Tweedie was working this evening so I did a couple of hours of sewing. It’s looking good so far, and no mistakes yet!
Thursday 28th April
I did my two hours during nap time and when Mr T got home today. I spoke too soon about not having made any mistakes though. It was all going swimmingly until I realised I’d sewn the pockets in too high due to misreading my markings – what an idiot! The left pocket is tricky to sew in and I didn’t realise until I was on the right pocket, so I decided not to unpick. I won’t actually use the pockets so it doesn’t really matter I guess!
Friday 29th April
UPDATE: What I have written below I have since found out is wrong. I am officially stupid! I got all my lefts and rights mixed up, and it isn’t the fault of the pattern at all – it is my own stupid fault. I found this out when I remade the dress a second time in November 2011. So, kind of ignore the next few paragraphs. Apologies to Colette Patterns.
I never thought I’d say this, but I’m really annoyed with Colette Patterns, and I’ll attempt to explain why. This dress is designed to have a lining, so you pretty much have to do everything twice – once for the main fabric and then again for the lining. I followed Sarai’s instructions very carefully, paying the same amount of attention to detail on the dress lining as on my main fabric, only to find when I came to join the two together, that the ‘right’ side of my lining would end up facing the wrong side of my main fabric. Now, I thought that one of the reasons for a garment to have a lining was so that all the raw edges and seams would be hidden away, and that the inside of the dress would be just as nicely finished as the outside – in other words the wrong side of the main fabric would be next to the wrong side of the lining. Does that make sense?
Sarai’s instructions tell you to sew the right side seam of the main fabric together, and to leave the left side seam open for the zipper. It then says to sew the lining the same way. Later it says with the right sides facing together, stitch the underarm seams, but this is not possible! Because you have sewn the lining the same way as the main fabric, you have to sew the wrong side of the lining to the right side of the main fabric, and if you don’t, either:
- the back bodice would be facing the front bodice and vice versa, or
- the open side seams for the zip would be opposite each other.