Yes, I'm going to Maui - NO I do NOT want to look like I'm wearing a muu-muu. Right now, that's about what this dress looks like to me. I think the big thing is that I did not put the vertical darts in the front (after all, the pattern did not call for them) but OMG! Want to gain 20 pounds fast? Wear this dress and you will look like you have! I'm hoping the vertical darts will fix that problem, after all, the last one looked good, right? I am loving this fabric, though. It is soft and the crinkle kind of gives it a knit-like quality. Which, taking that into consideration, maybe I should have taken some ease out of the pattern. Well, if the darts don't do the trick, I can always take it in a little in the side seams at the waist as well.
I used prepackaged binding to bind the neck, but it is too stiff. The problem with premade bias strips, is that they are usually made from a poly cotton blend. The polyester makes them stiff, in my opinion. I decided to use silk organza to bind the armholes, but the problem with that is that while it is less stiff, it is also scratchy. I'm hoping with a couple of washings, they will soften up.
I did the hem with my serger using wooly nylon in the upper looper and setting it for a rolled hem. I did increase the stitch length slightly from what I usually use on a rolled hem, because I wanted to be able to crinkle it again. I basically just crinkled it in my hand and steamed it and squished it a few times. I like the way it turned out.
Well, I go back to work tomorrow. I wanted to see my students on the last day of school. Tomorrow is a teacher work day, which I would have to do anyway, so I might as well get paid for going. Of course, since I'll be at work the next two days, major issues have come up with my father and I really need to be with him. Fortunately, my brother will be able to spend some extra time there the next two days, and we had a big conference today with the hospice nurse, social worker, facility owner, my brother and myself. I was pleased with the plan we came up with at the end of the meeting - too bad it took that many people and 2 hours of meeting to come up with a good plan. Now I won't be there when the plan is implemented, but I will definitely be going after work to see how he's doing. I don't see this getting any easier in the next few weeks (months?), but the main thing is that he is in the right place and we are there for him.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Posted by Nancy Winningham at 9:17 PM