Straight off the back of finishing the pattern weights, I launched straight into a new project. This time it was the Joni dress from the book Stretch by Tilly and the Buttons. The fabric had been bought with this project in mind about a year ago from The Village Haberdashery.
My sewing day with Hannah was spent tracing a pattern and cutting out material - it always takes much more time than you would think!
I had to source some clear elastic for the pattern. I ended up going into the city centre after work on the hottest Thursday in July - Cambridge turned out to be the hottest place in the country that day. Yay to me for sensible shopping decisions! But I wanted to buy the elastic rather than ordering it and waiting. I didn't end up sewing until a couple of days later, as it was just too hot!
I ended up sewing the dress across two nights. The elastic was a bit tricky, as I had to unpick it and sew some fresh elastic. I just hadn't given enough space between the sewing and the edge of the elastic in a few places, and wanted to make sure it was good enough.
The next challenge was the twist. Which seems a lot more technical than it is I think. My staystitching could be hidden better, but the twist worked out really well.
The longest job was the hem - the skirt had a lot of hem to do! But it was very satisfying as it was the last sewing part of the job!
I had set myself a deadline on the Monday to have the dress finished by the Friday, as me and the sisters were going to see Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in London. I actually made the deadline! The show was amazing, and the dress was very appropriate!
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