I'm hoping everyone found the exact fabric they were looking for.
I plan to mix it up here, combining new with old and a little bit of everything - a plaid shirt, a white eyelet shirt, a pretty little bird print and a tiny dot.
I have a confession. Adele was one of my first patterns. That was over a year and a half ago. I've learned a few things since then so there are some things I would certainly do different now. I plan to use the Sew-Along as a starting point for revamping this pattern - tweakin' it here and there. I think I'll add the apron and the maxi views as well.
One major change will be the addition of a fabric layout (what was I thinking?) But, if you have any cutting questions, comment on facebook and I'll try to get them answered for you.
Time to tackle some curves...
We're going to cut past the straps today and dive right into the curves.
This little faux collar is front and center of the dress. So take your time, sewing as slow as it takes to get it right. The sewing step below probably takes less than 5 minutes even if you're sewing like a snail.
Take the pins out as you go. To get a nice, rounded curves....
When you get to the real curvy part, you'll want to stop and pivot every 2-3 stitches - you'll be glad you did!
Clipping, trimming and pressing...
The trimming and pressing of the curves is almost as important and the stitching.
When you trim curves with pinking shears, you're making a hundred tiny V's with one snip of the scissors. This works great for both inside and outside curves. The seam allowances will lay nice and flat when you turn the curve right side out.
If you cut the V's by hand you can get a squared off look. That's why, if you're using regular scissors, I suggest just trimming the seams to 1/8".
BTW, I leave the soap box open to dry out when I'm going a long time without using it. That way it doesn't get smelly.
Now, wipe your brow, have a diet Dr. Pepper and go post some pictures on RJ's facebook so you can win...
Win 3 patterns
Starting today, one person each day will be chosen at random to win their pick of 3 patterns from Ruby Jean's Closet. For your chance to win, post pictures of your progress on RJ's facebook page. You have until 8am CT each morning to post your pics.
Visit RJ's facebook page to ask questions and leave comments. Feel free to jump right in.
That's it for today. I'll check in throughout the day to see if there's anything I can help with.