Ok, so it’s not that little, but it fits. And it fits kinda well to say there’s not modifications to the pattern since printing it. So I’m fairly pleased. Thanks for your help in deciding whether or not the Liberty bias trim should be hidden or on show. Hidden won – mainly so I can wear my orange wedges (my favourites) and dress it up if needed. The trim was simple and I added it to all raw edges including the hem. Here’s a few photos of how I did it in case you’re interested. I used single folded bias binding (home made!). Before pressing it was just less than 1 1/2 inches wide. I stitched it to the right side with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. It needs to be less than what is left of the bias trim than will be turned to the inside. I pressed the bias tape on the hem but didn’t bother on any of the other edges and it made no difference. It probably looks worse at the hem looks to have stretched out a little. So next time I won’t bother. There were lots of little threads. So I snipped them off with the nail scissors – I’ve learned my lesson the hard way using big scissors for a little job. Note to self. Must by some embroidery scissors! As per my new Janet Pray Craftsy Class I didn’t bother with pins, I just turned and sewed! It worked. I didn’t even bother practising, just got on with it. I did the same on all the rest of the raw edges of the dress. I then edge stitched all edges too, as close as I dare go. About 1-2 mm with the special edge stitching foot. I should really have done a better close up! And excuse my underwear – I thought something magical would happen when I put on the little black number from M&S underneath but it didn’t! When I came to take some pictures I had a bit of a problem. The bit that should be on the top of my tripod that makes it fasten to my camera was missing. (I bought a tripod a few years ago so I could photograph a firework display – honest!). So I improvised and rested it on the toaster and a shelf in the kitchen. Looking at the photo above it looks like a sway back adjustment is needed. But in real life I don’t think it matters. especially for a denim casual sort of dress that at the best is gonna be worn with wedges and spotted drinking lattes in a garden centre cafe! Or if it’s really lucky, on a Spoolette meet up! And if I am bothered one day, i can always put my Victoria Blazer on over it! (excuse the mess – Harrison’s back, along with a suitcase full of smelly clothes!). So, just one question before you go. Is Lekala a cheats way of making clothes that fit? Or is it a bit of a miracle for those of us who don’t want to spend hours tissue fitting, muslinning, and have a more challenging body shape!? Either way, you still have to know what you’re doing with a machine. The instructions aren’t too descriptive and there’s no diagrams or sewalongs to help you on your way. Just wondered……..
Oh, just a little foot note……the orange shoes! I’ve had these quite a few years. If they could type they could write a great blog! They’ve had new heals and soles and now on close inspection need some attention on their front end, I still love them and wish I’d bought them in green too!