I can almost taste it

This close, guys, this close! I got quite a bit of sewing done yesterday on my newest dress until I had to be a grown-up and go make dinner for my family. It’s at the point where I could finish it today… if I were going to be home today, but I have French lesson which takes a gigantic munch right out of the middle of my day (I’m going to teach clothing vocab!). So tomorrow! I think I can finish it tomorrow. In the meanwhile, here’s what I’ve got so far.

80% of a shirtdress

It’s a shirtdress. I’ll find the pattern number when I post finished pics. I had never seen a collar construction quite like this. It’s supposed to be a lapel-type neckline. It also seemed unnecessarily complicated. On the points of the lapel, they had me clip down to a reinforcement line of stitching. I think that stitching line actually needs to be closer to the raw edge if I do this again. As it was, once I clipped, it all opened up too wide and made it very difficult to pin onto the dress. I’ve only done one side and miraculously, it turned out right on the first try. But it took a lot of fiddling around with pins, basting, checking, and finally stitching before that happened. I will never take a lapel for granted again.

Sure, it looks innocent now, but it was the devil to get together.

After dinner and putting the kids to bed, I sat down to crochet on Granota’s Cuddle Muffin dress. And look at this! Two matching halves!

Angels are singing right now. No, really, listen.

All that’s left is to sew it together and put the buttons on. What a walk in the park after all the hassle I’ve had with this thing! I’ve been working on it for so long and there wasn’t one part of it that I didn’t have to rip out and redo multiple times. Really, I’ve probably made this dress about seven times over if you combine all those stops and restarts. I save my crochet for the evening — it’s nice to wind down with before bedtime — so it is conceivable that I could get this all sewn up and completed tonight. Wouldn’t that be marvelous? The relief at being done with this project… ahhhh.

That’s where things stand right now. I’m feeling pretty good about it!

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