Thursday, June 9, 2011

How sad is that?*

The other night, I decided that my aunt-induced stress levels could only be relieved with wine or sewing (or possibly some dangerous combination of the two).

I started with sewing. I ended with wine.

I decided not to do anything too complicated, since I was already vibrating at a frequency that felt like 2-3 glasses of that wine. I had pre-treated all my Liberty fabrics last week, and I decided to cut out the replacement sleeves for my dress. I found the wad of white batiste that I failed to fold when I put away, ironed it, ironed the Liberty, cut out sleeves and underlining for the sleeves and basted them together.

Then I sat with Mario for a few minutes and picked the old sleeves off the dress. They were cute, but they were a little too fluffy, and I don't do fluffy well. The new sleeves, even with a few gathers, seemed much more smooth and minimal. Sleeves off, pressed the seam allowances flat again, pinned on new sleeves, sewed, finished seam allowances, pressed again.

And then I tried on the dress.

And the memory came back.

Of how I didn't not wear that dress just because of the sleeves, but because it wasn't flattering. It made me look like I had no waist at all, and all the cute new sleeves in the world weren't going to give me one.

Guess what?

I'm making a new skirt out of some lightly worn Liberty fabric that used to be a dress. Photos to come.

* thanks to Andrea for the title of this post. That was her response to my email of what happened in the sewing room.


SEWN said...

Oh no!!!! It certainly looks cute on your table. Well, at least you have a skirt out of it. And I bought that fabric too!!!

Sarah C said...

I wish blogger had a like button! At least you are not dumping the project as a wadder. That is probably what I would have done. I can't wait to see the finished skirt!

Lisette M said...

You can always count on Andrea for having the perfect thing to say! Oh well, at least you'll get a new skirt!

Deepika said...

Your post has inspired me to rip off the sleeves of a linen shirt I made years ago but don't wear too often because I never removed the extra ease in the sleeve cap. I am going to make it sleeveless!

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Always enjoy reading your sewing adventures!

Gail said...

This is the one down-side of sewing. Sometimes for all sorts of reasons, a garment doesn't work out.

Gail said...

This is the one down-side of sewing. Sometimes for all sorts of reasons, a garment doesn't work out.