Unraveled Wednesday

Saturday was one of those rare days with a completely empty box on the calendar. So I headed out early for my walk and then set off to do some sewing. The goal was to stitch up a Wiksten shift using up a piece of linen from my stash. The first hurdle came when I realized I was a bit short to have the front and the back on the fold but a seam up the back wasn’t a problem. I pinned and cut and stitched. I tried it on before adding top stitching and pockets and thought it was a bit full in the bag but didn’t worry too much. By early afternoon I was ready for a shower and errand wearing my new dress. As I stood in front of the mirror I realized that bagginess was going to bug me but I did not want to unstitch the whole thing. I also didn’t want to make a belt (which is what the pattern suggests). I played with the idea of back darts but finally decided to add a casing with some elastic. The casing in on the inside of the dress and it does pull the bulk in nicely. I’m not thrilled with the dress and plan to revisit the pattern using another piece of fabric from my stash. Stay tuned.

I’m still plugging away on the purple scarf and have started a new shawl and this sweater – using up more stash for both projects. I am almost finished with Born a Crime – a great audio book – and making plans for Mary’s Summer Book Bingo. I pushed myself to do a cover all last summer which burned me out so I will be gentler with myself this summer.

We have a 4 day weekend coming up with more empty calendar boxes! Life is good.

Off to join Kat and the Unravelers today.

9 thoughts on “Unraveled Wednesday

  1. I still haven’t learned to sew (it’s on my to-do list for someday!), but one thing that appeals to me is that if you make something and it doesn’t turn out quite right, it’s much faster to do a do-over than it is with knitting. Here’s hoping your second attempt makes you happier!

  2. I love your fix! And, you are not the first to “not love” the fit. Kirsten Kapur posted something on IG about her first attempt and not being happy. I think some of the fixes have been genius – especially your casing fix! It seems a very versatile pattern!

  3. That is a sweet dress! I’m giving up on clothing making, as I just don’t find I like the clothing when I’m done. (I suppose if I got to choose the fabric I may feel differently)
    A 4 day weekend! Yippee!! We need to make hiking plans!

  4. I think that dress looks pretty great – good for you for improvising a way to make it work better for you. And hooray for empty calendar boxes!!

  5. Oh my, that material is the same that I bought for linen pants – wasn’t it wonderful to work with? I also had plenty of room in my pants (Pants #1 from 100 Acts of Sewing) – why don’t patterns seem to really fit me? I have to make adjustments all the time. The same for you? I got my material from JoAnn’s and with a coupon it was a great price.
    Your dress looks good, seems comfortable – I bet you’ll like it after awhile when it gets washed a few times.

  6. I think the most frustrating thing about sewing is getting things to fit the way you want them to fit! Although I really like the oversized look – and tend to dress that way a lot – I don’t like “baggy.” And there is a difference! Sometimes it takes a while – and a lot of patience – to tweak a pattern so it works for you. Good for you for finding a solution!

  7. I admire you sewists who find solutions and tweak patterns until they fit. I meant to try a simple summer shift last summer and never got around to it so I want to make it this summer. I sewed for myself in high school and college but my grandmother who was quite skilled was nearby to help me with the fit. Your dress looks great.

  8. one of my goals for the summer is to protect those “empty box” days so I can really dive into some projects! I love the way your Wiksten turned out … and look forward to seeing future attempts!

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