(Blurry picture near midnight!)
I didn't get to sewing until nighttime (I know, I pledged not to sew at night anymore but it really is the time I have where I can completely focus on the sewing and not worry about naptime about to end) and was able to crank out the above Geranium Tunic in the African wax print. I love this sewing pattern. After making the first one, the second one came together in an hour. ONE HOUR! I changed the pleats in front, a large inverted pleat in the center and then the other two to make up the difference in size between the bodice and skirt widths.
Friday or day five I cobbled together the yoke of the Oliver & S Ice Cream Dress. I have never put together a garment with construction like this before - totally magic. What I love most is how the yoke completely covers the gathers of the skirt to make finish the seams so beautifully. I didn't totally get it until looking at it on the ironing board and realizing that the seam finishing was happening along with the construction - brilliant!
On Friday I also finished the seams on the skirt - in the directions it mentioned this would be a good place to do a french seam if so inclined and I took the challenge. In patternmaking school we didn't really focus on fine finishing of garments and it had been over a decade since I took a construction class and so the couple attempts before of making french seams were frustrating. I did not know an essential point then which is that its only good for straight seams! Of course. I found this tutorial on the Oliver & S blog explaining how to do the french seam for this dress and how to just iron that one curve to death to get it to lay flat. And now, voila! A finished seam! So easy! Now I am a convert. French seams for all!
So far I have been working from 1 - 3 hours a day sewing. Which is not a lot but also is a lot in with everything else in life. I am going to finish these three dresses, buttons and all. It is not the entire list I started with on Sunday but I feel pretty good about what I have done so far, and trying new patterns and techniques has been so worth it.