Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Finally, some sewing!

It's cooled off outside and it's finally not 85 degrees in my sewing room!  So tonight I did some more work on the bodice of McCalls M6331.  Last time I had some trouble sewing in the cup, but it went much better today.  It turned out perfectly even with the bodice front piece.

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Getting the cup in the opening without any puckers was really difficult!  It's like sewing a princess seam, but on a much smaller scale.  I had to use a ton of pins and sew very slowly.  Pressing was a bit difficult, too.  It was one of those times where a tailors ham definitely would have come in handy.  The bodice front is done and looking pretty good, if you ask me.

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All that was left was to sew the bodice side pieces on:

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And see if it fits. You know, I am thinking this is not the pattern for me. Even though there are pieces for a D-cup, this is definitely designed for a lady whose cups don't runneth over. The piece that's between the cups should be flush with your breastbone, but it stuck out a good two inches from my body.

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Aside from the cups not fitting right, there was some weird bunching going on underneath. I don't think it looks terribly bad though and could probably be fixed.  The big probem is the side view, which is hilarious. Pointy boobs! While I love Madonna, I don't necessarily want to evoke her Blond Ambition tour.

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So, I think this one is going firmly in the "no" pile.

Monday, August 8, 2011

All quiet on the sewing front

Hi, friends!  I didn't mean to take such a long hiatus, but summer is getting in the way.  There's too many things to do outdoors, and also, it's about 85 degrees in my sewing room.  No A/C in this house, baby!  So I've been spending as little time inside as possible.

In the absence of sewing, I have done the following things:

1)  Ran a 10K.  My friend Leah and I did the inaugural Summerfest Rock & Sole 10K on a blisteringly hot July day.  The race course was amazing and went over a very famous (and long) bridge in Milwaukee.  The problem?  It was 85 degrees at 8 a.m. and every water station ran out of water.  The planning was kind of a mess and a lot of people got sick or hurt.  I am glad I did it though, it's a nice personal accomplishment.

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2)  I'm on a boat, yeah!  Mike and I went on a University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point alumni boat cruise.  It cruises up and down the Milwaukee river and stops at three brewpubs.  Rock Bottom Brewery (yes, I know it's a chain) was my favorite because they had a delicious fruity beer called Jazzberry, and a couple that weren't using their drink tokens gave us theirs. Score!

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3)  Bastille Days!  Leah and I did the Storming of the Bastille 5K on Thursday night, then Mike and I went back on Sunday to check out all the vendors.  We ate brie on a baguette and I bought a pretty sundress and we took pictures in front of a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

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4)  More running!  Leah and I did the German Fest 5K in tacky Halloween costume dirndls.  Boy, was that a hot sweaty dirndl, but it was so much fun.  Strangers stopped to take our picture!

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5)  Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em!  Yeah, that's right, we saw MC Hammer at the Wisconsin State Fair.  $15 well spent, let me tell you.  I had so much fun, and Hammer is one of those singers where you think you don't know any of their songs, but you know them all.  I was singing at the top of my lungs to everything.

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6)  Eating corn dogs.  Yeah, I've had two of these babies at the State Fair so far.  Going back for another next weekend!

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Even with all that running, eating, and drinking, I did manage to sneak in a few minutes of a new project in between heatwaves. It's the second variation of McCalls M6331.

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Normally I wouldn't dream of wearing a bustier dress, but it comes in cup sizes, so I thought I'd knock out a muslin and see if it could work for me.  I got a good portion of the bodice done, but I got a little frustrated on the cups.  There is a LOT of ease to work in and I got a couple puckers.

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I ended up off by about 1/2" on the inside of the cup.  But so far, it is fitting well and seems like it might work on my body.  I might end up sewing in bra cups because it would be pretty impossible to wear a bra with this thing.

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That's all for now!  It's supposed to cool down this week, so if my sewing room gets to a bearable temperature, I might get back in there and finish this.  Have a great week!