Heading off…

Bambi v. 2

I really had hoped the last few days would be more productive, but alas. Instead of a cute new sleep-set to take away with me, all I have is a half-stitched bodice about to be bundled away into the basement so my sewing clutter doesn’t drive my husband as nuts while I’m away as it does when I’m here. The downside of this thin voile, as you can see, is that the enclosed seam allowances still show through. Ah, well. Not much I can do about it.

My one (attempt) at innovation this time—I attached the bust pieces at the centre front along a short seam. I’m hoping this will give just enough room to allow me to sew the skirt to the top portion in a circle and enclose the whole seam, giving a nicer finish to the inside (like the inside of a collar). Typicaly this would be topstitched or stitched in the ditch, but I’m not great at that finish in these situations, so I may end up doing it by hand. We’ll see. Here’s a closeup of my attachment:

But pieces joined at centre front

And the decorative stitching I attempted on the straps. Getting it to go straight without pulling on the strap so much it distorted the stitching was pretty much impossible, but I’m hoping it gives it a subtly attractive texture. ;)

Fancy stitching no one will ever notice

I’ll be in Pittsburgh late tomorrow night, after zig-zagging across the continent (hooray for cheap flights :P), and be back home equally late Thursday. I’ve attempted to prepare a couple of posts for while I’m away, but it certainly won’t be my daily blurbs (not that those have been too spectacular this week anyway). I’ve been so proud of my more-or-less daily posting! Though realistically that’s going to have to taper off a bit anyway.

Now, wise readers—what do I need to see/do in Pittsburgh? (Keeping in mind that I’ll be downtown without a car). I hear there’s an awesome notions place… anywhere else? (And for the leads I’ve already gotten, thanks—I’ll get back to you soon!)

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  1. I had the same problem of showing the seam allowance through, as I thought of doing Bambi in a lace fabric. That prospect didn’t let me start in the first place. I think now I would do it with an overlock or surger stitch, and cut away the dispensable allowance.
    But for the time being I’ll just sit back and watch how your Bambi turns out. Have a great time in Pittsburgh and take care.

    • Yeah, if my serger (overlocker) were functioning I would use that… especially if I were using lace (I would probably do a single layer then, too). Anything sheer you have to be more careful with your seam allowances, I guess :)

  2. Celkalee

    Downtown without a car. Recent changes in transit schedule here so check with the hotel for new schedules. On the Southside there is a charming little shop called Parker Button. The address is 17th and East Carson Street. There are also thrift shops, bead shops and book stores. This is a large area with one main street (East Carson) that stretches for many blocks. If you like to walk, there is much to discover. Our weather is to be good this weekend. On the other end of town is the area labeled “the Strip District.” There are a couple fabric stores down there. One carries pretty high end stuff, I think it is called “The Fabric Place” and a few smaller places that have an eclectic stock. Have not been to these for a while. I know the buses go there and the cabs are also available. Hope you have a good visit. There is no football game this weekend so the crowds will be down. Our new hockey arena just opened this week. If you like museums we have a few. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in the Oakland area of town is great if you like that stuff. The Heinz Museum, in the Strip currently has the Vatican Splendors Exhibit. It opened last week. Only 3 cities in North America will have it. On the North Shore the Carnegie Science Museum has nice exhibits and an Imax Theatre. I am sure you will be busy so this stuff is probably not possible, but everything from Opera to small club bands are also available. Have a good time. Please feel free to e-mail me if you need other info.

    • Thank you, Celkalee :). I will be making it to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for sure. Hopefully I see some other fun stuff, too, not just the inside of the convention centre! :)

  3. Mmh, maybe a third, enclosed layer would help with the showing seam allowances? Have fun in Pittsburgh, and happy stitching when you get back!

  4. Celkalee

    Dinosaurs and Mummies, Oh MY!

  5. Have a fun time away! We went to Pittsburgh (many moons ago, when we actually lived in the US) and spent almost the entire time in the Carnegie, apart from when we were touring a submarine… had littlies to amuse :D
    The only way to avoid that white seam allowance see-through is to line internally (in between the bodice and the bodice backing pieces) with a thin flesh-coloured muslin. It can be a nuisance because you get a bit of extra bulk, no matter how thin a fabric you use… but it’s the only way!
    I love your decorative stitching on the straps, very pretty. Thanks for the cute idea. And who says no one will notice it?! You will, which is what counts, and I assume the husband? :)

    • LOL… I’m pretty sure the husband didn’t even notice Self-Stitched September, so I’m not going to count on him noticing the stitches. But I certainly do! :) Thanks for the muslin tip, I will keep it in mind in the future :)

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