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July 3, 2014

From Susan — Progress!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 2:53 pm

I really do love my new sewing machine!  Every time I use the thread cutter, I love it more!  I worked on my dress today and got the binding onto the bodice.  It should be easy sailing from here!

I will have less time to sew and knit for the remainder of the weekend.  Somehow I got talked into TWO holiday dinners for the 4th!  I am not one who thrives on entertaining but I will buck up and do my hosting duties.

Have a great holiday, everyone!

PS – in response to Bekah: the pattern is ancient and very plain.  The tucks in the neckline are not part of the design.  I tried on the bodice and it gapped at the neckline so I added the tucks (and the gathers at the armhole) for a better fit.  I don’t always need to tinker that way but did this go around!  I will add a belt which I usually do as well.

Ebay has it!

PS to Pru: “Never give up.  Never surrender.”
Galaxy Quest


  1. Hey, that is very cute and looks so comfortable! Can’t wait to see the whole dress. Love that bias! Have a Happy Fourth. Yes, it’s work doing all that entertaining but there will be lots of fun too!

    Comment by Kathy W. — July 3, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

  2. That is beautiful! I really like the look of the tucks in the neckline. Could you share the name/source of the pattern you’re using? You said you use it often but I didn’t see where it’s from. (my apologies if I just missed something?)

    Comment by BekahD — July 4, 2014 @ 7:20 am

  3. My mother is going through her things and clearing out. She gave me a lot of her old patterns since I know some people who sew. Your post made me go back and look at some of the patterns. She has some lovely older ones (1940s to 70s). I really need to inventory these in order to find a good home for the patterns. Thanks for the reminder.

    P.S. Amazing about how sizes have changed. For example, pattern from Advance 4842 dress, size 12, bust 30, hip 33. Someone on Pinterest posted a picture of their (larger size) copy.

    Comment by Elizabeth — July 4, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

  4. ebay has it in two different sizing groups, but the seller is in Australia and she ships ONLY to Australia. Sigh.

    Comment by Sue T. — July 4, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

  5. I love this. The color makes me think, “Ah, comfy jeans.”, but the clever touches and crispness of the fabric say, “I can go a lot of places jeans can’t.” Look forward to the finished piece. Wrangling new tools is always a bit of a challenge, isn’t it?

    Comment by Robby — July 4, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

  6. Meg Swansen wears a jumper similar to D version of pattern…….it looks lady like and comfortable.
    Nice to have a dress for a change from pants.
    I like the print you selected, and the tucks are a nice designer touch.
    Lucky you, with the new machine.

    Comment by katheen — July 5, 2014 @ 6:51 am

  7. OMG! Back in the day I made this pattern out of denim colored chambray. Always wore it over a white tee. This was my casual “uniform” for a couple of years until the fabric became threadbare. Seeing it again almost brings tears to my eyes. How I loved that jumper.

    Comment by PurrlGurrl — July 6, 2014 @ 3:24 am

  8. OMG. I used to have that pattern, and I used it two or three times It was one of many casualties of our move 20 years ago. Glad you like your machine, and I love the dress. Where did you get the fabric?

    Comment by Susan — July 6, 2014 @ 11:29 am

  9. How clever of you to insert the tucks, they really add to the design. I would have given up.

    Comment by Pru — July 7, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

  10. Very Nice and just my color! Since I have white hair now, blue is my friend. Nice work applying the bias binding.

    Comment by Julie in San Diego — July 9, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

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