- there is no real deadline. It's a Fall Hit List but I've given myself both the Fall and Winter Seasons to complete it.
- my list is not at all stringent. It's not written in stone, so change is highly probable somewhere down the line.
- I'm enjoying my sewing quite a bit lately
O.k., moving on I've completed #4 on my Fall Hit List. It's my Little Black Dress that was going to be double knit, but plans changed. Instead it's made of a poly rib knit that Ebony donated to the stash long ago. I initially intended to use the rib knit as a proto-type, but turns out I love it as the real thing. Black fabric equals not such a clear picture, but I'm-in-love!
- is a great pattern. It's super easy. I think this was the first time I ever used a pattern that had a sleeve dart.
- the pattern calls for a full lining, but I lined only the bodice. I lined it to deal with the raw neckline because the pattern does not have facings.
- I'm getting pretty comfortable with pattern grading although it works my brain sometimes. Altering this pattern to fit me was easy - I'm strictly a size 16 in the upper chest area, but I graded out slightly in the side seams for comforts sake.
- Decreasing sleeve cap ease has become part of my repertoire especially in knits. I installed the sleeve in flat before side seams were sewn trying to always remember to place the sleeve next to the feed-dogs to work in any ease left over from my alteration. Works great almost every time.
- Used the invisible zipper tutorial from Coletterie.com. It has really made the process a lot clearer to me. I had to use a 14" zipper rather than a 22" one. Why? That's all I had, and I didn't want to wait until the next day.