Last month I engaged in a little Extreme Sewing.
12pm, Saturday, December 16: I decide I need a new dress for a party I’m going to at 6pm. Husband raises his eyebrows at my proclamation and suggests it might be better for my state of mind to wear one of the many things already in my closet. However, I accept that by 6pm, I will either be completely stressed out and wearing a new dress, or completely stressed out and wearing an old dress, so I grab my scissors and tape and print out the Nettie Dress pattern from Closet Case. GAME ON!
(12:30pm, Saturday, December 16: Husband wisely leaves the house for the afternoon.)
I cut the scoop neck, deep low back version. I was inspired by Doctor T’s red-hot version (or should I say yellow-hot?) The low back necessitated adding bra inserts in the front. However, with time being of the essence, and this being an Extreme Sport and all, I flew by the seat of my pants and SAFETY PINNED those molded cups into the dress. Don’t judge — dinner was at 6.
Another little hack (necessary to prevent a wardrobe malfunction at this family-friendly gathering) was to add lace ties at the back. The dress does not fit like a glove; in fact, there’s waaaay to much room between the shoulder seam and the armpit, so there was no way this dress was going to stay on around my shoulders. What it actually needs is a bit of seam ripping and resewing, which I’ll get to eventually (hello giant mending pile). But the last-minute ties did the trick to meet my deadline. I’m glad I had some lace trim in my stash or I might’ve had to make the ties out of duct tape.
The fabric is a techno/scuba knit type thing I bought online a while back, and is now out of stock. Scuba is the best fabric for fitted dresses, ever. It’s like it’s got Spanx built into it. I know it came and went as a trend but I’m going to be keeping a candle burning for it as long as I can.
Rewards of extreme sewing include when a nine-year-old girl who doesn’t know you from Eve spots you at the party and says, “You’re wearing a very pretty dress!”
Why thank you, sweetheart! I’d give you a hug but there’s a pin sticking in my boob, so we’ll settle for a high five. 😀
I’d love to hear your tales of extreme sewing. Ever decided you needed to sew something RIGHT BEFORE heading to the airport? Or to an event? What happened?– good or bad…dish!
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