Sunday, 29 April 2012

A play in the treehouse....

Well, my machine is growing cobwebs at the moment, mainly because just when I hit the business end of my uni subject, work gears up like never before!!!!
a day just for me was scheduled into the groaning calendar
to learn how to sew a dress - a Schoolhouse Tunic to be exact!!

5 girls with Sarah (Emma's mum) lavishly handing out coffees on order, macarons, and serving up lunch DELISH!!
Emma was on call the whole day - she was exhausted, at least she should have been! 
maybe as much as me!

This is Emma - one half of the team at TT (she is frantically working on someone's tunic, cos I  she came out of the bathroom with a look on her face as if someone had stolen her toy!  I  she didn't like it! I she claimed! It just didn't fit right, too puffy all around and made me look like an inflatable beachball!!  (you guessed it was me? big sook)

One of the gals, Anne, made one just like this - it looked fantastic!!!  Just make sure you get the print up the right way! (we all sighed with relief when Emma noticed the pattern pieces just before cutting!!)

What an invention!!  An Overlocker - new toy to me - never seen or used one - not an O.Virg..anymore hehe!

I did happen to choose (at very last minute) a random piece of remmant I bought v.v. cheaply the day before, and thinking it looked sooomething like a light flowy denim, I wanted to use that.
Best laid plans and was fairly horrible to sew with, and not that nice to wear - kinda scratchy and ugh nylon-y ugh.
Super hard to iron - went all shiney and did not behave.
So wish I had chosen my other stash cottons I took....will be using a light voile next too!

Emma WHIPPED it off me and set to work, determine to make it look decent - bit of tweak here and there and a lowering of the bodice by unpicking seams and whatnots and 
here it is.  Won't show you the back - back pleat is really unnecessary for me - so next one is definitely going to be worked on to reduce puffy puffy!


ARTwendy ... said...

from what i see i think it looks great ... make some more while the ideas are hot!!

Anonymous said...

Good on you, for trying something different. Most dress patterns do require a bit of "tweaking", so don't be disheartened. It's a shame you didn't like the feel of the fabric, because the colour really suits you!

Anonymous said...

Good on you, for trying something new! Most dress patterns require some "tweaking", so don't be disheartened. It's a shame you don't like the feel of the fabric, as the colour looks terrific on you! Cheers, Lisa S at Sunset Seams.

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Was lovely to meet you Bronwyn! Your tunic looks great!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

It looks fabulous on you, and seems a good color for your skin! Too bad it gave you trouble. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi bronwyn
I saw you on the treehouse blog, that does look like a great pattern. It is a really lovely place. And congrats to your mum, it is nice to know that real people do win those prizes.
x x x