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Every day I’m wiggling

26 May

Well not everyday, but I couldn’t get that line out of my head, so down it went.

So the big news is that I have finished my wearable muslin wiggle dress – woot! And, I love it – double woot! If you follow me on Instagram you may have caught a little sneaky peak last week. There is one slight zipper related issue that we won’t talk about, but it’s really quite minute and no-one else would ever notice it. Well that’s what I tell myself anyway.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress 1

And as this was originally planned as a Mad Med dress for Julia’s challenge (watched that deadline fly on by) it was inspired by this Joan Holloway number.

Now you’ve seen my gussets, but there’s a still a few other things to talk about here.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress 1


Given the ‘wearable muslin’ status of this dress it was not going to be lovingly hemmed by hand. That said, straight sewn hems irk me, which made for a great opportunity to try out my blind hem foot and stitch. Again, sneaky peak last week on Instragram. However for you non-Instagrammers, here’s how it went:

Gerties wiggle dress blind hem
Not ahhhmazing, however, still pretty good I think. I was happy anyway. And, interesting fact, apparently blind hem stitch is quite good for knits because it allows for the fabric stretching. Yes, write that down.

I didn’t want to lose any length, so I attached some wide black satin ribbon to the bottom of the dress, and then blind hemmed using it. Probably breaking some sewing god law, but wot-effa.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress 1


Due to my bulging biceps (tuck-shop lady arms really) the sleeves were a tad tight, so they were unpicked and re-stitched with only a 1cm seam allowance. They’re much better now, but I think a smidge too loose towards the bottom. Oh well.

They’re also a bit shorter than the pattern, maybe by 5cms due to pattern matching requirements.

I did cave and do the sleeve hems by hand.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress 1


Front facing – perfect! Two back facings – not perfect. For some unknown reason my two back facing pieces were way too short. I slashed and added 3cms to the length of the pattern piece and then recut and re-interfaced. This made them a little long, but at least they reached the zipper this way and nothing a little trimming couldn’t fix.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress 1


The zipper was lapped as per Gertie’s instructions. I haven’t done a lapped zipper in a garment before! The only time I’ve done one was back at calico square stage all those years ago during my first ever sewing classes. I again took the quick and dirty option here and machined it in as opposed to hand picking. At first, I hated how it looked, but it’s grown on me a bit now, and I can’t see my back zipper when I’m wearing it anyway 🙂

Gertie's Wiggle Dress 1

Overall, I must say that Gertie’s patterns really work for me. There were no other adjustments made for the wiggle dress, and it fits, like a glove! I think some of the pulling may have been avoided with underlining or a slip even, but again, wearable muslin = no underlining. Even when it’s not pulling, this beautiful polyester holds the creases from sitting etc.

Gertie's Wiggle Dress 1

Oh and I must mention this, today I found a pin in the dress. That alone = not funny. What makes it funny is that I wore the dress out a week ago for dinner and dancing, and washed it, with the pin in it. Didn’t get stabbed #ftw.

And, I’ve now cut this lovely lady out in the ‘real thing’ – a lovely royal blue wool crepe  all ready for sewing together. I’m just starting to get into Vine and have put a little video of the pattern cutting on there – anyone else using Vine? You can find me there at ZoSews, inspiring name I know.

Until next time… keep on sewin’

Z xx


A little Thai adventure

15 Apr

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have noticed that I recently spent a little week on vacay! Yay for Thailand! I hadn’t been overseas since 2009 when I spent six weeks in Europe, so I think I was well overdue hey?! I flew on over to meet up with an ex-sewing class buddy, we had fun (duh).

I won’t bore y’all with a three hour slide show over a cheese fondue, however I really did want to share some photos with you lovely readers. I had the most wonderfully relaxing time.

So here we go… Once I figured out how to beat the darn sun at its usual game of burning my white scalp – thank you giant headband! – I hung out with some cute fauna and glorious flora…

ZoSews Thailand

(The GIANT bug that fell on my head at dinner didn’t count.)

Stayed at some particularly magnifique resorts…

Thai accomodation ZoSews

See that step into the pool – yep, RIGHT outside my door, yep, that’s right!

Participated in a lot of water based activities, ocean kayaking, canyon kayaking, snorkelling, island hopping, lagoon swimming, plain old beach and pool swimming – you get the idea.

Thailand water activities ZoSews

There was also the cooking class, shopping, mani/pedis, massage, fish feet therapy (holy cow those things tickle!), sunsets, cocktails, muay thai, fireshows, dancing, reading, walking – and that’s just what I can think of right now!

Thailand - extras ZoSews

Looking back I can’t believe how much we crammed into a week – and still walked away totally relaxed! Of course there was time for fabric shopping too 😉 Picked up some lovely green silk I’m planning on using for an Archer.

Khob khun ka Thailand, you were wonderful!

Now it’s time to resume normal programming and get back to trying to catch up on all my blog reading and sewing. I’ve even cut out a Mad Men dress… No chance in hell it will be ready by 19 April, but better late than never right. Right?