-Sewed in the darts for real. Discovered that for some inexplicable reason, my sewing machine is now breaking off the thread but picking it up again a little later to finish the seam. Wondering if it caught some kind of disease from Mom’s serger.
-Sewed zipper in the back. Decided to try a technique I saw in Threads and very carefully hand-basted it in first. Which turned out to be a good move– still a little off center, but given how slippery the fabric is, it could have been much worse. The topstitching on that is actually one of the best lapped zipper jobs I’ve ever done.
-Cut some bands of the brown charmeuse, sewed in, serged edges. The serger, after Mom fiddling with it again, isn’t working badly at the moment, though I’ve pretty much given up on that one needle staying threaded.
-Made the tieback pieces of charmeuse. I was quite happy with how that part turned out, actually.
-Sewed shoulder seams, serged edges. Thankfully, by some gift of foresight, I only basted the side seams, because when I tried it on , the waistband/tieback area looked awful. It was way too low.
-Took out side seams, decided trying to unrip the serging would be awful, simply folded/pinned/sewed over my previous stitching to move it up about 2 inches. Fortunately, the tunic-style shirt was quite long to begin with, so there will still be sufficient length at the bottom. If I can figure out the next part…
-Basted side seams again. Tried it on again. Discovered that though the placement of the waist bit is much better now, it’s bubbling out oddly in the front to make me look like I have a belly I don’t have. And folding out oddly underneath of that. It looks ok from this angle…
So, yeah…. so much for an easy, follow-the-pattern project. Though I really have no one to blame but myself, because I picked the wrong pattern. Probably should have just sucked it up and bought a more kimono-style pattern or something.