My family game is pinochle. I grew up playing it with my great-grandma and her sisters and uncles and aunts and my older cousins and my parents. It’s so ingrained that the whole process is automatic, but once in a while someone will miss a bid or play the wrong suit or forget that it’s their turn. We started referring to that as taking a short nap. And boy have I had a few short naps on this sweater.
I knew that this tie waist sweater was going to take some hand sewing of the ruffles to finish, but I wasn’t prepared for having to do so not once, not twice, but three times. Mostly I blame Burda and the unclearness of its directions. The first time I misread where I needed to gather the strips, the second time, it was totally Burda.
The directions tell you to gather in the middle (clear enough from the picture–not sure how I missed that the first time). Then I realized that you need to sew that gathered middle the 3/8″ from the neck edge. The first time I gathered the edge of the strip, not the middle and sewed on the gathered edge. I hand basted and everything, but the ruffles don’t really look like what they look like until you take out the gathering stitches. Hence why it didn’t work yet again.
The upside of all of my short napping is that I’ve been listening to lots of great information on Lori’s podcasts Sew Forth Now. When I first started sewing, I’d listen to a lot of crafting sorts of podcasts like Craft Sanity and CraftyPod. Both are hosted very well with good information, but I soon found out that I was not particularly interested in crafty sorts of projects or quilting fabrics. At the time, I had no idea that Lori was around doing this wonderful podcast devoted to garment sewing.
Really though, it’s kind of great that I’m discovering this now because my knowledge has grown to the point that I can start really being able to understand what she’s talking about, and that is kind of fun. If I had come across it earlier, I think I would have felt overwhelmed by everything. So I’ve been enjoying the archives of these podcasts even when I’ve been sewing very poorly.
My only disappointment is that I was hoping to have traced and muslined this motorcycle jacket with a detachable fur collar I have planned in time for my fitting group on Saturday.
Instead, I have a riff on the Ottobre blouse I made here cut out and a skirt muslined that I can take on Saturday.
My full review is here.
With this sweater finished, that leaves the camel skirt, white shirt, dress, ponte pants, and faux fur piece left for the sew along. I omitted the puffy vest from my accounting, but that’s another tale that I will leave for another day.