8 August 2014

What's On My Sewing Table...

What's on my sewing table? Well, if you want to be pedantic about it, at the moment absolutely nothing is on my sewing table as I'm in the middle of my office move (eeeeep!!) and I don't actually have a sewing table set up, let alone anything on it. But let's not be pedantic - before I started moving, I got most of the way through this project, McCalls 6969.

I'm making version C, the collared playsuit, in a pretty bird print lawn that I bought from Guthrie & Ghani the night Lauren hosted my book party. This is one of those patterns you'd be forgiven for totally overlooking because of the... err... unfortunate styling on the envelope. But as with many such patterns, if you look at the technical illustration and project a nice fabric onto it, you might just discover a winner. Mmm... I love version B too, and have something similar in my wardrobe that I've been wearing all Summer long. My boyfriend calls that jumpsuit my "pyjamas". I don't think he means it as a compliment, but I'll take it as one!

I spent quite a bit of time making a toile, as I struggle to fit any kind of trousers to my booty, even loose-fitting styles like this. I started by adjusting the pattern using the method suggested in The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting of deepening the crotch curve (teehee! I said crotch) and adding the "lost" fabric to the side seams. No bueno, couldn't even get the toile on. Next, I made a full booty adjustment using this Colette tutorial and re-toiled. Better, but still not enough space for my goods. So I made a third adjustment (sheesh...) using the same method to expand the pattern even further. By this time, I really couldn't be bothered to cut out a whole new toile, so I just slashed the one I had to approximately (verrry approximately) the same measurements I'd used on the third pattern adjustment and patched up the space with more fabric. Finally! It fit!

I'm hoping I'll get this finished in time for a short trip to Cornwall next weekend, but that's probably a bit over-ambitious of me seeing as I'm kinda in the middle of an office move. We'll see!

What's on your sewing table please?

['Ms Fat Booty' by Mos Def]