Snow Again! It was beautiful this morning, but tough shoveling. I didn’t get as much done of the January Dress because I had to help out with the driveway since the snow blower couldn’t handle it. I did get the hem facing attached to the skirt which is our design element for January and wanted to walk you though it. I traced off a size 5 of the Oliver + S Music Box Jumper, View B so I could save the bigger sizes on the pattern for another time. This is the front skirt. From the hem, I measured up 3 1/2 inches and made small dots. I then connected the dots. There will be a 1/2 inch seam at the bottom edge of the skirt and a 1/2 inch fold to finish the top edge of the facing which will make the finished facing 2 1/2 inches – visually that seems about right for a size 5. You can make your facings smaller or larger depending on what size you are making. The green line is the facing line I drew. I then placed a piece of wax paper over the pattern and traced my new facing pattern piece. I did the same thing with the back skirt. Here is my facing pattern. Make sure to transfer all markings, including the seam line on the back facing and place the front facing on the fold. Using my new facing patterns, I cut the facings from Pinky Diamonds. I seamed the back facings to the front facing, pressed open the seams, and pressed the top edge down 1/2 inch.I have also ripped out the temporary basting in the skirt that formed the box pleat so the skirt is flat at the front. Next, matching side seams and notches, pin the facing to the skirt bottom with the RIGHT SIDE of the hem facing to the WRONG SIDE of the skirt. I know this unusual, but trust me, it works.Here you can see the right side of Pinky Diamonds pinned to the wrong side of Little Owl. Stitch a 1/2 inch seam along the bottom of the skirt. Press the seam flat, press the facing down away from the skirt, press the seam allowance up toward the skirt, trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch, and finally press the facing up onto the skirt! I know that is a lot of pressing, but you want a sharp, flat edge along the bottom of the skirt. Finally edge stitch the top edge of the facing in place.Here is your finished facing on the skirt.
My daughter had an early dismissal today due to the latest winter storm. We slipped and slided all the way home, but once we made it safely, that was it – no one was going anywhere! I recuperated by spending the afternoon sewing and got a terrific start on the first of our Dozen of Dresses, the January Dress! I cut out the main body of the Oliver + S Music Box Jumper in Little Owl, and the lining, tab pockets and hem facings (more about that in tomorrow’s post) from Pinky Diamonds. I assembled the yoke. Step 7 of the directions explains how to understitch the yoke facing to the neckline. At the end of the step, the pattern states “if this step seems confusing or complicated, feel free to skip it…”. Explaining in words how to understitch can seem confusing, but in practice, it is very simple and necessary to avoid the Dreaded Creep!Can you see the lining creeping to the right side of the dress – that is the Dreaded Creep and it is what you want to avoid on the front of your jumper. The solution is to simply understitch. Once you have sewed the main fabric of the bodice and lining together and turned them right side out, separate the lining from the main fabric by looking inside the jumper. You will see the seam allowances of the yoke seam. Position your sewing needle on top of the seam allowances with the lining underneath (Pinky Diamonds in this case), and the main fabric (Little Owl) free. Start in the middle of the front yoke and stitch toward the shoulders for as far as you can. This will secure the lining to the seam allowances, and no stitches will show on the main fabric. More importantly, your lining won’t creep to the front of the jumper! For a completely different look, and as an alternative, you can edge stitch the main fabric and lining together around the neckline. Tomorrow more snow and hem facings!
I know it is almost the end of January and a little late for New Year Resolutions, but I am finally listing my challenge/resolution for the new year! On my website, www.pinkhollybushdesigns.com, I explain in the pattern descriptions that my goal in picking patterns is to provide you with the most bang for your buck so to speak. I choose a pattern based on good directions, strong drafting, the pattern pieces fit together well, (ever try making a pattern where the front and back yoke pattern pieces don’t match up – I have and needless to say, Pink Hollybush doesn’t carry those patterns), and many options for your money.
It is the many options for your money that my resolution addresses. I am going to take one pattern and throughout 2011 produce a dozen dresses – one each month. Along the way, I will showcase various techniques and design ideas to hopefully expand your sewing repertoire, and ignite your creative juices. You can reproduce my designs exactly or use the ideas and techniques you see as a springboard for your own designs. I would love to see what you design and will see about setting up Flickr group so we can all share our finished projects!
It is rated beginner so will be simple to sew if you are just learning to sew for children. A jumper is perfect because it is a blank canvas for all sorts of design possibilities. It also is simple sewing because there are no sleeves! So join me and let’s get sewing!
I have picked this adorable Valori Wells Owl flannel and Pinky Diamonds, another cuddly flannel by Anna Maria Horner as our fabrics. This time around I will be making View B of the Oliver + S jumper because I love those tab pockets! Stay tuned to see how I combine these beautiful fabrics in the first jumper of the new year
and if you want to join me, all fabrics and patterns are available at Pink Hollybush Designs, of course!