This might have been my ideal dress at age five or something, but regardless of how critical I am about my finish product (usually a lot) I'm always try to be happy about the accomplishment. The way I see it, I’m bound to eventually make things I’m proud of if I keep working at it. In the meanwhile, I'll enjoy the process.
Gretchen Rubin would call “challenging fun” -- the kind of pleasure that requires substantial efforts, but that also provides the highest pay-off. The importance of creativity in our lives: what Alice Walker is talking about when she writes about “feeding the creative spirit” (“In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden: The Creativity of Black Women in the South,” 1974)... Regardless of what happens in the next few months, my sewing machine will always be there for me when I come home.
The fabric is a cotton lawn from Goldhawk Rd., London, with a bemberg lining. The pattern is self-drafted based on my bodice block and the skirt is a gathered rectangle.
- I finally tried Tasia’s method forhandpicking a zipper and I’m hooked. I was initially concerned that the result would appear too home-made, but the greater control your hands give you is well worth the extra time.
- I figured out a way to apply frills to form a jabot without making any cuts in the front of the dress, and without unsightly seams under the frills. Curious? I’ll show you how soon.
- I also nailed the exact proportions for the sleeve frills – and made sure to keep the pattern.
- Finally, I’ve come to the conclusion that zigzagging the edges of the frills is usually better than baby-hemming (see bellow) because it emphasizes the undulation rather than rigidifying the frills. (This is what happened with the petals of rose blouse for example.) As long as you chose wisely the width and length of your zigzag stitch.
Photography by Jillian Rubman