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Assembly finished!

This afternoon she finished putting the chemise together.  I did the pinning, but she did all the sewing - including setting the sleeves.

To be clear, this chemise has four gores in the side seams, and armpit gussets.  Charlotte did all the sewing.

She's also clear on the fact that all the rest of the seams need to be hand finished.  She's not keen on the idea, but she knows it's necessary, and she's raring to go.

I just can't believe it.

Yes, it's wicked big, but you don't really think I'm going to go through this every six months, do you?  Deep hems, my friend.  It's all about deep hems.


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Feb. 18th, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
For the record
That is one seriously disgusting smile. I can feel my blood sugar spiking through the internet...

Shame you didn't have a cute or talented daughter!
Feb. 19th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: For the record
Isn't it though? Got to be recessive genes...
Feb. 19th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
Sewing is something I always wanted to like (since I love making things and always want to customize everything I own so it suits me exactly) but I just can't. I hate cutting and pinning the pattern. The sewing part is okay, but the rest...augh, so tedious. Also...if I make clothes, even choosing the proper size according to the pattern...everything I've ever made has wound up being about three sizes too big for me. I'm not built right. I have to size to my chest since it's way bigger than my hips. Maybe that's the problem, I don't know, but clothes I make for myself are always big enough to swim in. Except the chest, which usually does fit fine. And I haven't the talent to alter the dimensions to fit my apparently unnatural figure (I guess women aren't allowed to be very top-heavy?) and still have it look right.

Maybe I should try making a purse or an apron. At least then the final result wouldn't need to 'fit', so that would be one frustration missing. But still, all that cutting and pinning...

It's nice that Charlotte likes what her mum likes, though. :) Does she like to cook, too? Or write fancy?
Feb. 19th, 2016 03:33 pm (UTC)
I have... mixed feelings about sewing. I like making "stuff." I love piecing quilt tops - picking out the colors and patterns, and seeing it all come together. Assembling it afterwards? Boooorrrrring.

I sew my skirts because I can't find ones that fit me the way I like in the store. I sew my garb for the SCA because there isn't really any other option. I do *not* enjoy it, because, well - fitting. And working with linen and finishing the seams so they don't ravel is infuriating. I like *having* the clothes, but I rather despise making them.

Fitting busty women is something I've never gotten the hang of. For historic clothing it completely flummoxes me, because they weren't using darts in the centuries I'm interested in. For modern clothes, well, I'm not very good at darts. It's definitely tricky, so it's not something with you.

I don't mind cutting. Hate pinning.

I *am* tickled that Charlotte wants to learn things. She's starting to help with dinner - she "helped" me make banana bread last night. They're just starting to learn cursive in school, and I promised her that once she learned some cursive, mommy would teach her calligraphy. We'll see how that goes.
Feb. 19th, 2016 04:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe Charlotte will learn sewing really well and, having learned so early, will be great at it and can take over for you. :)
Feb. 19th, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
One of my fondest hopes... :-)
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