I’ve been pottering along making a Megan Nielsen Darling ranges dress for quite a while now. I haven’t had as much time for sewing as I’d like lately so it’s taking me quite a while. I was super excited a few weeks ago when I finally had time to get sewing. I was making decent progress and was pinning on the pockets when I realised I had cut two rather than four. “Never mind,” I though, “I can just use this handy bit of spare fabric over here”. I pinned on the pattern and took a massive snip and then “ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” the handy bit of fabric was actually the skirt front! Both pieces of skirt front! A calmer sewer would have thought pragmatically about how they could fix it. Instead my poor boyfriend was subjected to some rather choice swear words and some (probably quite comically sulky) chucking about of fabric (he didn’t laugh at me though as he is awesome).
Once I’d calmed down (and stopped acting like a crazy lady) I issued a crafting SOS to my Mum (who is awesome at sewing) to see if there was any solution that a sewer of my limited experience could pull off. Luckily she had a plan. Fix the slit with Interfacing! I was rather nervous about taking it on myself so I waited until she came to visit a week or so later and happily passed over the interfacing ironing duties. Through many years practice patching up various things (including numerous pairs of jeans when I was a teenager- I don’t know what I did to them) she managed to line the slit in the fabric up so that it was almost invisible. She warned me that it wouldn’t hold on its own so I hand stitched around the outside to keep it in place. I’m very lucky that the fabric wasn’t prone to fraying or it would have been a massive mess.
It’s an amazing fix but the mistake isn’t totally invisible from the other side so I’ll need to cover it up somehow (for some reason I forgot to take a picture from the right side). At the moment I’m thinking patch pockets will be the way forward. Luckily for me I cut the fabric in a fairly patch pockety place. So the plan is to wait until the end and then double up some fabric for nice square pockets. My only worry is that is will be in a fairly unflattering place (adding bulk to my hips) however it should still look like that’s what I meant to do!
I’m getting closer to finishing. I’ve sewn the skirt front and back and attached the bodice to the skirt. Hopefully I’ll have some sewing time very soon and I can get it finished and see how it looks! It’s got buttons all the way down the front which is always exciting as I love using my automatic button hole!