I've been on strike for three weeks now, and for the first time in ages the house is clean, the dinner is homemade every night, my paperwork is all up to date and I'm getting some sewing done.
Exhibit A is a hit:
It's a basic bodice made from the Sorbetto pattern, but the bodice was shortened by about 12cm, the front was cut as two pieces and sewn half-way up to make a slit front, the armholes were lowered a bit.......(well, it was once the Sorbetto pattern). I added a gathered rectangle skirt and a simple neck tie. It's pretty see-through, so I probably should have lined it, but I have a summer dress with a slippery synthetic lining and I never wear it because it's too clammy in the 99% humidity of Montreal summers, so I say let the sun shine in.
I sewed french seams on the bodice, bias strips for the armholes and enclosed the waistband. I was so pleased to have enclosed all the seams so well, when I noticed that I had forgotten to finish the back skirt seam. D'oh.
Exhibit B is a bit of a miss:
It's a shift dress pattern from 1970, but I didn't want to interrupt the pattern by sewing a seam down the front, and I only had 2m of very narrow linen, so I couldn't cut to match the pattern. I also left out the darts in the back for the same reason. Result: a shapeless shift that is a little too close to skin tone. Maybe with some dark purple tights and a yellow cardigan for the winter, but as a summer dress it's a bit of a flop. It's also crazy itchy. Is linen usually this itchy?
I did bind all the seams with bias tape because this linen fabric had a thread count of about, oh, 5 per inch. I may be exaggerating slightly, but you get my drift. Every time I pulled it over my head to fit it, threads would fly left and right. I also had just exactly the right length of 50-year-old hem tape hanging around. Score one for hanging on to every scrap.
I've also been catching up on a lot of thrift store alterations and mending, but they aren't incredibly exciting, so I'll skip it. In other news, I'm planning on going to NYC next week to meet up with Mena, Oona, Debi and Meg. Woohoo! Nothing like planning a trip when I'm completely out of money, Air Canada is on strike and I can't find a cheap hotel to book, but I can't miss the fun.