I did some sewing, took some pictures, then ended up with this:
I think it’s ugly.
I can’t work in 3D very well.
Draping for fashion design is probably not in my future.
So let’s go back to what I can do.
Everyone is familiar with the blue seam rippers that have a red ball on them, that once upon a time in my young child mind, I was dead convinced was a drop of blood. I don’t use those anymore.
I prefer the hook seam rippers. Put a tailors ham underneath, pin one layer of fabric to it, pick a few stitches loose, then gently pull the two halves of fabric apart and slowly cut the thread in between. Even when you work carefully, it’s still faster than the blue seam rippers. Just don’t cut your fabric.
Since this fabric has a loose weave, I decided to cut off my serging instead of unpicking it. That’s the benefit of working with tons of extra ease.
Originally I experimented with the neckline having a curved grain line that did not work at all. Fashion students are probably grimacing at what I did, but I had to know.
So, I laid out my front and back pieces to know where I should draw my lines.
Lines measured and drawn.
Then I got into the zone and did a bunch of sewing without taking any pictures.
There’s a neat and tidy way of doing necklines that I didn’t feel like doing.
Advice: if you wanna go pro, don’t sew with your emotions.
This is my “I need to relax so I don’t kill everyone” hobby, so I can do what I want.
Anyway, I serged that sucker, and it turned out as puckery as a baby’s face after eating a lime. Cue embroidery thread and a basic running stitch.
Pull tight, distribute gathers, and steam, steam, steam!
The fabric will magically take the new shape.
At some point I’m going to add in more embroidery and embellishments, but that’s good enough for today.