Tuesday, August 29, 2017
lilac fabric? I want to make a pencil skirt and a top with it. I looked through my meagre collection of patterns and decided on this Simplicity pattern. It has a lot of options for different necklines, sleeves and so on, as well as multi sizes. I decided on the square neckline and short sleeves, sorted out the right pattern pieces and got going. The first part was fine. But on Sunday I spent many, many hours trying to get the neck right. I'm an experienced sewer, I should have been able to figure it out. But I do think that the pattern markings and instructions are less than helpful. It shouldn't be possible to join things incorrectly! At one point, the instructions say, sew to the outer dot. Is that 'outer' when it's pinned or 'outer' once the seam has been joined and the piece turned in? Large dot and small dot would solve that problem very simply. I thought I had it right yesterday, but when I came to the next stage today, it turns out there is still something wrong! I think I'll put it aside for now and work on the skirt.