For me it meant extra time to get some sewing in, do a photography assignment for my course, go out to dinner with some friends and sneak in a sleep in too. And best of all? My normal three day working week has been shortened to two days, yippee!
I actually made sewing my photography assignment as the task was to pick a subject, theme or narrative and take 10 shots demonstrating the skills we have learnt in the course: correct exposure, different shutter speeds etc. And I thought what better narrative than the story of how us sewists transform fabric into something wearable?
I started with this oversized navy polka dot dress that was sewn by my late grandmother and has been sitting in my refashion pile for a few years:
It was just a shapeless shift dress, but she had sewn it with French seams for the side seams, so I just cut it across the width into three rectangle 'tubes' of decreasing length keeping the side seams intact. Because the polka dot fabric is a thin rayon fabric, I used a cotton poplin in navy blue as a lining cut a little longer so it would peek out:
The waistband casing is actually the lining fabric. What I did was sew the lining to the skirt, right sides together, flipped the lining to the inside but instead of pushing the lining all the way in and then pressing the edge, I left a few centimetres of the lining above the sewn edge of the waistline to form a casing for the elastic. All I did then was to topstitch around the top and the bottom of the casing, insert the elastic and I ended up with a contrasting waistband. Too easy! And it looks so neat from the inside too:
Of course it wouldn't be one of my projects without a minor stuff up! One that I didn't find until the end and have decided to live with: I accidentally sewed the wrong side of the lining to the right side of the skirt before I flipped it to the inside and so the overlocked edge of the skirt lining peeks out a little bit:
|this one is supposed to show the needle going up and down - trying to be artistic!|
Because this is only a community college course there is no pass or fail, but I hope my tutor and class like the photos. We had appalling weather here over the weekend but I think they turned out well!