This is a sneak peek of my next sewing project. I was trying to work on this project this last long Labour Day weekend with a curious and active little terror calling ‘Mama mama!’ and prancing around me and poking at my sewing notions in my sewing room. Lesson learnt: Not wise to sew and try to have a lookout for your little one at the same time; so much for multi tasking, I nearly abandoned this project and it was verge of U.F.O. (a.k.a. unfinished object!)
If you are interested in my story, do read on. My mind was in ‘Ok, time to find some scrap to make some home made bias tape to be made into piping’ when I noticed little terror was playing with one of the fabric pieces I have cut out for the project. I quickly snatched it back from her and I proceeded to marking and cutting out strips of fabric on bias to make the piping.
Fast forward to evening time after 9pm when little terror has fallen asleep. So I resumed on my project. I just finished sewing the collar which turned out pretty good (in my opinion) with the ruffles and home made piping. So I was keen to attach the collar to the main bodice to see how it would look like. I begun to attach the 3 parts of the dress at the sides to create the frame but couldn’t find the left side of the main bodice section. Searched my scrap bin, fabric closet and dustbin 3 times and couldn’t locate it. Proceeded even to harass my poor husband about it because I thought he was vacuuming the room in the afternoon. He even went to check the dust bag in the vacuum machine because he thought he had vacuumed up some pieces of piping; because I looked so mad!
I looked at the left over fabric and to my horror, I realized I had taken the missing piece to cut out bias strips to make my piping! As you may recall my mind was in ‘Cut fabric into bias strips and make piping mode’ when I snatched ‘some’ fabric from little terror. I didn’t realize that I proceeded to use it to make piping, I thought I was cutting scrap fabric. I told my husband about it and he laughed out so loud. I am so absent minded. I know women are multi taskers but it’s really distracting trying to work on your project with a curious and active toddler poking around in the background! Did this ever happen to you? Do share!
I thought I could just cut out another piece from my leftover fabric. But there’s not enough fabric (length-wise) to make it. I was feeling so disappointed then. The collar turned out nice. And the fabric is nice (it’s ‘Juliet’ by Windham Fabrics). Husband suggested to buy another yard. I ordered this online! I couldn’t bear to wait another few weeks for fabric to arrive on my door step and continue this. I thought of abandoning it and shelving this aside to the furthest corner of my fabric closet so I couldn’t see it and be reminded of this stupid mistake, ha!
But, I finished this project yesterday, I just need to sew on some buttons to complete it. Stay tuned for the final reveal. I really leveraged on every piece of fabric left to salvage this project! I had to change the original design but I think it turned out not too bad. ;)
On another note, I learned a very good tip online on using your normal sewing foot to make gathers. Just select the highest sewing tension and use your longest stitch (Mine was ‘9’ and ‘4’ respectively), and your normal sewing foot will make gathers for you. You don’t need to order that expensive sophisticated gathering foot.
Look, how nice the ruffles/gathers turned out. I found that the machine gathers better/more if you are sewing on two-fold or thicker fabric.