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Making a housedress

rain 44 °F

I've learned why the Arabs wear those flowing robes in the desert. It is very cooling.
So when facing the heat of a southern climate, my choice is a long loose dress.
My favourite style is a past the knee skirt with a button up front and a good sized pocket.
Of course, despite all my searching, this style of dress is not necessarily on store shelves.
So a visit to the sewing store is in order.
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This is the pattern I bought. It has sleeves -this scares me because sleeves are hard.
I've always done sleeveless. But having gotten sunburnt drives me to add a bit of protection.
The material I picked is super lightweight cotton.
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Time to get out my tools.
Cool electric scissors - oops where's the adapter cord? Ah, kitchen shears will do , won't they?
Measuring tape - mine seems to be missing the first three inches. Well, if I use only that, it will be consistent.
Pins with heads. Yes I have pins.
9:30 am - time to get going.
As I begin, I am reminded of Mrs. Fenske my grade 7 / 8 Home Economics teacher.
She emphasized planning and good preparation before starting a project.
I remember having to stretch and square fabric before cutting it. Reading the instructions ahead of time.
They don't teach that class anymore. Too bad. I actually learned basic skills that have gotten me through life.
By the way, I didn't remember all the details of Mrs. Fenske's admonitions until well into it.
Yep, I wish I had.

The challenges start when laying out the pattern. Butterick shows 115 and 150 cm layouts. My material is 130 cm wide.
No problem, I had purchased extra material and am thankful for that. I used it all up.

After I layout and cut the pattern pieces I have realized my first big mistake.
The pattern shows buttons - but they are decorative!
Time to bank my head against the wall....
headbang.jpg
That helped...
So back to the drawing board and piecing scraps together to add a front section to overlap and put buttons and buttonholes on.

Buttonholes are not that easy either. Always a good idea to practice them before you get to the real thing.
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Eventually, I figure it out. 6:30 pm
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That'll do.

Posted by travelDIAS 04:46 Archived in Canada Tagged cool clothing prepare wear sewing

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