Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Murphy's Law

So. Due to Christmas, my broken hand, and a general lack of motivation, I am only now ready to cut out the pieces for my dress. And, as Murphy's Law would predict, I can't find one of my pattern pieces. I think I may have left it in my dorm room, which is locked until the winter break is over. What I am missing is piece 8, the skirt back. If someone out there who has S2498 would kindly scan & email that one piece (smgjic [at] hotmail [dot] com), or describe it so I can re-draft it (it doesn't appear to be much different from 6), or something, it would be so much appreciated. I really don't want to have to go out and buy a new pattern--they're so expensive! ( I am making view D.)

Have I mentioned how glad I am I have a backup dress?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Free patterns!

Homespun Threads is making her patterns available for free! All she's asking is that you follow her blog and spread the word. I don't know how long this will last, so if you are interested, now's the time!

Also, a very merry and blessed Christmas to all of you!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

This could make things difficult

By things, I mean sewing my dress for the inaugural ball, which is in five weeks. And by this, I mean this:
Yes, I broke my hand. I don't even have a cool story, either. I was sledding down a hill last Thursday instead of studying for final exams. There wasn't very much snow on the ground, and I got my ring finger caught on something on the ground and yanked sideways. I broke my fourth metacarpal and will be in a cast for about four weeks.

Luckily, I broke my left hand, which means I'm not totally helpless. However, sewing is really a two-handed job. I ripped my muslin apart and used the pieces as guides for new pattern pieces to cut out for the real dress. The entire process of turning a muslined pattern piece into a new one usually takes five or ten minutes per piece. With this cast, it takes forty-five. I'm not giving up on this dress just yet, but I do expect this project to be not nearly as fun as I had originally been thinking!