Welcome to Part II of the Hollywood Sewalong! We have been working on outfits inspired by The Notebook. To catch up on the series, click here: Hollywood Sewalong Introduction.
Today we’ll be talking about design choices, patterns, and fabric. Warning: lots of pics! If you just want to see the dress; scroll down:)
I chose Butterick 5846 for my dress. The pleating and gathering in the bodice drew me to this pattern. Simple enough for me to handle, but adds a lot of punch.
I decided to make a wearable muslin for this dress. I don’t sew a lot of womenswear, so I wanted to make sure I knew about any tricky parts before I cut into good fabric.
Like this, for example. Slip stitching the collar. I almost puked when I got to this part in the instructions. Hand sewing is for the birds, y’all.
Do most dress patterns call for hand stitching around the collar? I thought there would be some sort of disclaimer on the package if hand stitching were required. There should be, by God.
Here are the pockets, under stitched. I may add a bartack on my final version, to make sure these pockets lay nice and flat.
You can see above 2 more issues I need to work out. My pleats are trying to come undone. I back stitched, but I didn’t want a big knot. A friend told me the trick:
“Leave long tails on top and bobbin thread. Flip to the back. Pull the bobbin thread up and gently towards the stitching until there is a loop big enough for you to get a straight pin under. Then use the straight pin to pull the top thread to the back and tie a double knot.”
-Gina from Party of Eight, Our Story
Also, my buttonholes look like crap. I hadn’t messed with my buttonholes much on my machine. My new machine has an automatic buttonholer. I miss the control I had on my 4-step machine. I noticed that a faster speed shortened the length of the buttonholes; so I need to use consistent pressure on the pressor foot. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.
Butterick 5846 | Hollywood Sewalong Muslin
Special thanks to Monica for modeling this dress!
I’ll be using voile for my final dress…
and raising the front pleats by 1″.
I’ve been practicing my buttonholes.
I plan to reduce some bulk in the bodice back. I’m not sure how yet; it has pleats!
Maybe I’ll add a button placket to the sleeve.
Should I use fancy thread to slip stitch the collar?
So the floor is now open for suggestions and recommendations. I’ve never really sewed for myself so I can use any tips you might have. And I’m having a really hard time finding voile fabric, so if you know any good shops, holler!
Check out the other Hollywood Sewalong participants!
Courtney at Makesphere
Freya at The Dressmaking Diaries
Charlie at This Blog is Not for You
Hannah at Made With Hugs and Kisses
Nina at Inchworming
See you in May with our big reveal!