Thursday, February 17, 2011
In my final year at university, one of my design lecturers challenged me to construct a model of the C-3P0, Star Wars, gold, droid-thing, from paper. He was a clever university lecturer, because he knew how to get a rise out of this university student. My C-3P0 involved weeks of paper mechanics and reams of gold cardboard and eye-bags worthy of a galaxy far, far away and went on to win a national prize for Now I Can’t For The Life Of Me Remember What.
I am utterly and entirely aware that paper mechanics is not exactly sewing. My sewing know-how is limited to a-line skirts, cushions and softies and once I even ascertained the width of required skirt fabric by performing a 360 degree roll on laid-out fabric. But once I didn’t know anything about paper mechanics either. So I thought I’d give that lovely Schoolhouse Tunic pattern a whirl.
The Schoolhouse Tunic is just the sort of dress I love to wear. Mel and Nikki model it and its making to perfection and I’ve seen Sophie’s gorgeous version in the flesh. While those three sew with great finesse, in truth I reckon that even an absolute beginner such as moi could achieve a Schoolhouse Tunic. Well, in fact I did – in a size 16. I even cared about all my seams and limiting wonk and stuff.
The inherent problem, for a beginner such as moi, is that while the bosomy bit of me apparently merits a size 16, the rest of me requires a size 10.
As it turns out, the mechanics of gold paper are not at all the same for fabric (and sticky tape doesn’t much work). And even though I have given the metamorphosis between size 10 and 16 a good, gung-ho, five hour, laterally creative go, the only way I’m ever going to get this thing to fit in any flattering fashion and over my head is to use a bloomin’ zip. Which I would have known were I not a beginner and will now surely never forget.
Instead of starting again, I did the next logical thing, came over all hissy fit and pulled off a sleeve.
There was scrunching and stomping while a toddler looked on tolerantly.
The sort-of adult in me has since kicked in.
After a while, I thought I’d be damned if my weirdo proportioned, shade-of-its-former-self Schoolhouse Tunic was beating me. Then I thought more rationally. What about if I learn a thing or two about sewing rules before I try hacking into this pattern from every direction? What about if one of you lovely, clever, sewing bloggy types had a notion for another simply-styled dress pattern, preferably with a nice flattering empire line seam right under the bosom bit and a straight-ish skirt, which no doubt incorporates a zip? A zip which I could plan for and accommodate from the start? I would be heartily, joyously pleased to hear any advice or suggestions you may have – even if it is STICK WITH THE KNITTING.
PS. My apologies that this blog seems to have come over quite bosomy lately.
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