I have never entered a sewing contest before, but I thought I would give this one a try. I don’t think I could have picked a worse contest to do for my first time, but I am a jump in with both feet kinda girl. So, the Sewing Bee contest is 4 rounds, I am going at this with the assumption that I probably wont get much farther. I held off on it until I could see what the first project would be. I was hoping it wasn’t shorts or a damn toaster sweater or something, I’ve had enough of that for now. When I found out it was a pencil skirt type of challenge I was all in.
Full disclosure, I have always wanted to be a pencil skirt wearing lady, my life as a mechanic has not been able to facilitate the necessity of that. But I want one… I want one real bad. I have periodically tried them on in the store, but the hip curve is always way off for me. To get my ass to fit in a store bought pencil skirt, I have to get a large or an extra large and I have more of a medium size waist. It’s flat where it should curve or is curving where I am flat. This seems like a good way to make a long standing dream of mine come true. I am about to become a fancy pencil skirt wearing lady.
I sewed up a muslin and it fit pretty good, no tweaks needed other than a little shortening. I cut out my fabric and I thought that this would be an awesome opportunity for some color blocking to fit in with my inspiration (theme is music or musician). I also decided to add piping… which I have to make… I basted it tonight at work, because I have a lot of down time.
Progress pic here…
I finished my robe first, Vogue 9015 as promised and I did a real shit job on the finishing. I had an excellent time with it the whole way through. I thought my fabric would be a nightmare to sew with, some cheap poly satin from Joann’s, it was easy. I thought attaching the sleeve lace would be tough, it wasn’t. It was great from start to…almost finish. I was supposed to finish the edge around the neck and front with self bias. But I decided to save on time so I could start the aforementioned pencil skirt by narrow hemming the whole thing. Well, I am an idiot. That was dumb, tough to narrow hem things that go from straight grain to bias , to cross grain and so on. Ugh, so, some of it is awesome, some of my neckline looks like a lettuce hem. Whatever, it covers my naked body after a bath. I’ll be less stupid the next time.
Not too bad, wobbly edges will have to do.
The print does give me life though. How crazy is that!
Wish me luck!
2 thoughts on “Pattern Review Sewing Bee 2017 and a New Robe”
I have applied bias trim over wonky edges, just so I didn’t have to look at them, so you consider that, whether in matching or contrasting color/fabric. Insider the original stitches “stablizers”…and best wishes on your pencil skirt!
Thank you so much for commenting, I don’t get much feedback so this was nice to see in my inbox! I think I will go back and add the bias after this contest craziness is over. Probably a wider strip than called for would be more robe-like and aesthetically pleasing to me. Thanks again for the feedback.