I thought I would do progress reports on how the Summer Sparkle sewalong is going. So far this post is a list of errors and no photos because I cannot reach my usb, the reason why will become apparent:
Week 1: school half term, I manage to cut out the remainder of the pieces and do markings. It's a busy week so I just read the instructions and plan to start sewing once kids back at school.
RG asleep in pram, I realise I don't know where I put the first page of instructions. Have a look, can't find them, curse the chaos, kick a few piles of paper and remember I had to start with darts and stay stitching. I sewed the bust darts, thought "hmmm, these bust darts are strange...very tricky to line up the marks..." A friend drops in for a brief visit - I carry on sewing while talking and sew the strange darts...she leaves and then when pressing, I realised I had used the top pocket markings and produced ...um...armhole darts ???? What was I thinking? Answer: I wasn't thinking at all.
Damn, I sewed the real bust darts, pressed pockets into top fold and tuck.
RG woke up. End of sewing
Wednesday: Back from school drop off, RG asleep in car seat, quick 5 minutes sewing, sewed topstitch on the pockets. RG woke up. End of sewing.
Later on, unpick wrong dart, as in, unpick the dart that was in the right place...grrrrr....give up and go to do more endless laundry instead.
Thursday: RG sleeping, so I resew bust dart, pin on one pocket, realise I pinned lower pocket in place of top pocket, curse, drink some coffee, unpin pocket, press and pin in top pocket. Sew shoulder seams. RG wakes up, end of sewing.
evening: tack on placket
Friday stitch first parts of placket, pin second - it is starting to look like a dress!
Saturday: Early morning farmers' market, and kids tennis, on our return, crouching to pick RG up out of car seat, I feel an almighty pain in my lower back and cannot get up. After a while I get on the sofa and can't get up again ...I phone Mr Minnado to come home, I spend two hours trying to find out what painkillers I can take, I give directions to T, and while marooned on the sofa I notice the missing traveller dress pattern instruction sheet down the side of the cushion. Ah, so, is this the bright side? I put my back out but I find the missing instructions?