Since completing the Enterprise dress, I’ve been in a bit of a sewing funk.
I started my 2nd go-round at Simplicity 1873, which I made once before with pretty good results (Cosmo Cricket Dress). I intended to get that done in 1 day to bring to Play on Con, but I got overwhelmed with con-prep, and didn’t finish it until after I got back. I still need to photograph and blog it.
Then I kind of stalled out and flailed around for my next project.
I want to get started on a corset, and have Butterick 5662 and Laughing Moon Mercantile #100 cut and ready for tracing. I just feel kind of… scared to get started on that for some reason. I’ve never played with any boning at all, and I’m wondering if I should get my feet wet by making a dress with that requires it before jumping into a full blown corset.
I also had Lekala 4278 assembled, traced, and ready to go, but I was having a hard time getting excited about it since the pattern is so similar to the Simplicity 1873 I had just finished. I was super curious about the fit since the Lekala patterns are custom made to the measurements you send them, so I decided to go with that.
I raided my stash for a suitable fabric for this. Since I’ve been making more of an effort to stay away from quilting cottons, I tried hard to figure out a grown up fabric that would work. I really did. Turns out, I really didn’t have anything else that was suitable. I have quilting cotton, and I have sheer and floaty fabrics, and I don’t really have much in between. So quilting cotton it is!
I had my eye on this print at Joann for months, and caught it in the clearance section when I was looking for fabric for Simplicity 1873. I decided I could indulge myself by using it for a lining, but it turned out that only the bodice needed a lining, so I had plenty of leftovers to use it for Lekala 4278!
The green polka dot is a poly/cotton seersucker-ish fabric from Joann’s Children’s apparel collection, which happens to be the same stuff I used for Simplicity 1873, but a different print.
Although I’m pretty happy with the fabric choices, I’m still having a hard time getting into this one. I think I need more variety in my sewing, and maybe I’d be better off if I had just gotten over my fears and done the corset right away. I am about halfway through this dress, and just want to get it done so I can work on something different.