Pink dress: Sleeve time!

Pink dress, inside out, sleeves pinned to place

Pink dress, inside out, sleeves pinned to place

Yes ladies and gents. It’s SLEEVE time!! (Again)

This time I will do this completel by hand, and then head to the machine. So any little bits that don’t want to overlap perfectly will end up in the underarm (for one) and I will be able to twiddle the sleeve’s shape all the way to the end. Hurrah!!  It’s going to be a bell sleeve, so this is quite spcial.

The dress itself is more or less made on the very simplistic pattern of my blue jersey dress. I took measurements, laid the fabric out flat, and drew the measurements out.

This was easy with the back piece. The front piece needed several darts. See my colleague is much better endowed than I am (I’ve been called “planche-a-pain” (breadboard) in the past) and adding the baby bump to that, there was quite a bit of fabric that needed to fit _around_ her person. So a bit more calculating and measuring for the front piece. Which came out significantly curvier than the back piece, of course. (See pic)

Pink dress (cut)

Pink dress (cut)

Tonight comes the challenge of sewing on the sleeves, fixing one pair of darts, and making the all-important grey-and-pink tartan belt, which is going to pull this look together 🙂 I hope I manage. For now I’m struggling with repeated BSDs (Blue Screen of Death) and a document that needs re-updating. The full-time job isn’t particularly crafty… Which is why the rest of my life is!

I’m wondering if I would have the time to make myself a dress on thursday night to wear on Friday for a Birthday party. But I don’t think I can pull it off, despite my increased abilities. I think I will stick to shrinking the dress I’d made to wear for my own birthday back in april. I’ve happily lost nearly 10kg since then, and will need to amend the dress accordingly! Exciting times!

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