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… Are the result of an insane panic?

I had a party to go to. A ceilihd to be exact. Complete with band and singing and music and dancing with a proper dance caller… We had a blast! It was a long-time friend’s retirement do. She is gently bonkers (aren’t ALL my friends?) and a morris dancer. And I needed a frock!

Pah! And BUMS! The lovely (and entirely suitable) frock I made for a friend’s wedding last autumn (this one: http://assets.burdastyle.com/project_images/assets/000/145/603/DSCF0033_large.jpg?1286275909) is waaaaay too tight round the bum for comfort! And I only thought to try it on two days before going 250 miles north for the pary!

So back on the STRICT Weight-Watcher’s plan for Kate, and a bit of stash diving for fabric, plus a plunge in the pattern pool as I didn’t have time to draft one and test it before making… Luckily there was a lull in the customer projects or I’d have been scuppered!

Burda’s Nora pattern fit the bill, and there was enough of a chunk of cobalt blue Indian paisley (very tiny paisley!) poly brocade to do the gown, and a whole roll of black tafeta to make a skirt. It got trimmed with some very fine blue and gold embroidered Indian braid. I’ll write the frock up properly when I get some decent pix, but suffice it to say that the pattern fitted nicely without any alterations, went together smoothly (except for the small bit of hand stitching down of the lining, which I did in the car at night in a traffic jam on the M11! It was sewing with black thread on black fabric in the dark by the light of the car interior light! Not the best of conditions, you’ll admit!), and is altogether a very splendid pattern. Well done, Burdastyle.

And I love it, and am sad: this is NOT a dress I intend to fit in for long! But then when I lose the excess weight again, I’ll fit back in the black and gray one, and then into my red one that I made for my Silver Wedding…


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    Dec 8, 2011, 01.18 PMby katexxxxxx

    Anyone else do panic sewing?

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    Dec 8, 2011, 06.38 PMby patti-r

    Those are great looking dresses, Had to search a little to find them darn URLs on this site. We went to a formal wedding and reception in Las Vegas for our godchild, could not get a direct flight.

    Had a lay over in Chicago supposedly for 1 hour our flight was 40 minutes late do to the weather so our luggage was not in Las Vegas when we landed. My husband was going to wear a rented Tux so no problem but the outfit I made from 4 ply silk crepe was in garment bag with luggage, they said that we would get the luggage next day, we did no garment bag. 3 days until wedding i went looking just in case found a couple things but the long dress required hemming using a serger, store said hemming free 1 week wait, only have an old singer 185J machine straight stitch only, at my brother’s condo very few sewing items, used a carpenters measuring tape and newspaper.

    Went to a fabric store, got some black rayon and spandex like a Ponte Knit, a far cry from my silk crepe.

    Could not find a pattern, so I went to condo, looked up a few, the printer ink was dried up so looked and found these 2 patterns.

    Used pattern very similar to this with pewter belt, removed some of the fullness:http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/roman-summer-dress/instructions/1

    Made the sleeve part longer and hemmed it so the edges remained softer, draped nicely:http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/11045/circular-vest

    Was amazed at the compliments I got on this outfit, considering I made it for $20.00. They never found the garment bag with my beautiful outfit, but reimbursed me few months later.

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      Dec 8, 2011, 10.39 PMby katexxxxxx

      Ouch! All that lovely work going missing…

      But it sounds like you did a great rescue job!

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      Jan 18, 2012, 01.01 AMby purplefan

      Wow, that is a great way to handle a lost special occasion outfit! You made a new outfit (yahoo for experience and making most of your resources)!

      Maybe the next gift occasion for your brother will be sending him a special selection of sewing supplies and an upgraded basic sewing machine to help with future needs! Don’t let him think that you will sew up new home decor items or wardrobe for him unless he treats you to several nights out for dinner!

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    Dec 23, 2011, 03.58 AMby rstott82

    I panic sew when I’m making something for someone else. I put off doing it for as long as possible and then I’m sewing right down to the wire. It usually turns out nicely but still……the STRESS!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 10.50 PMby Beth Kimsey

    I never am able to sew well in a hurry, or on a whim, or If I have a very small amount of of time. I don’t work well under pressure!

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    Jan 16, 2012, 10.37 AMby katexxxxxx

    I find a certain amount of pressure and a fairly tight deadline work o my advantage. My sewing partner and I tend to spark off each other, and get a lot more done together than we would separately.

    Today I need to get the bulk of my suit skirt out of the way so we can get to work on some Big Shiny New Projects, one for the end of February, and one for March! Tailcoat! Space Ranger uniform! Proper hard tailoring! Yaya and woot! Just the sort of pressure I love.

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    Jan 18, 2012, 01.07 AMby purplefan

    My panic situations are either-I have no problems cutting out the fabric but stall on sewing OR the pattern pieces need more than one adjustment and gee, I decide I need the garment within 24 or 48h and have to floor the pedal on the straight seam sections. Sometimes I have made the blouse or top of a two piece outfit and the skirt piece comes along weeks or months later.

    Basically, there are some sewing doubts and I lose time caught up in “should I do this… or should I do that…” scenarios. Once I decide to proceed and not worry about how the seams will look, I take off. But buttonholes can stall the sewing again.

    It is so easy to choose a fabric or a pattern and visualize a happy outcome but the doing/making of the outcome is another matter. Wish to kick that obstacle so as to see some orphan projects get completed and into circulation. I rarely see anything in the stores that I can afford and want to wear. Sleeves seem to have vapourised from women’s fashion-hello, it’s cold and winter??

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    Feb 3, 2012, 09.12 AMby katexxxxxx

    The current panic list:

    1 Tailcoat and Weskit for large gent. Toile made, fabric ordered, first fitting this weekend. Nees to get to the customer for use a fornight today.

    1 Space Ranger uniform: RAF style tunic and culottes that look like a skirt. Needed for March! Toile made, fitting this weekend.

    2 Abba costume alterations. Fitting Sunday 9:00am!

    Oh, and I need to finish my suit today! All cut out, and the outside of the jacket and skirt are done. Need to make up the lining.

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    Feb 6, 2012, 01.07 AMby jenss-1

    I saw my mother do so much last-minute sewing and so I totally avoid it. My policy is to only sew when I have time to do it slowly, which is why it takes me really forever to finish things. It’s a trade off - sewing is a sort of relaxing balance to the stress in my life these days, and there’s a lot of it-stress, I mean. Also, I just don’t think I have the skills yet to successfully perform ‘panic sewing.’ When I rush at all, it turns out bad, really bad!

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    Feb 6, 2012, 01.02 PMby katexxxxxx

    Well, my fittings went nicely! Some alterations pinned in place… Second fitting scheduled.

    My suit was done and worn, and much admired. Colour me smug!

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