Denny came over today for some fibrey fun! She brought her warping mill for me to borrow/keep, and showed me how to use it:
And I gave her an email tutorial.
I wove! It’s a looong way from perfect, but whatever. Fun!
It’s…I dunno, a scarf or something. Long. All cotton, white with pink stripes. We wound two more warps, much wider ones, so those will be the next couple projects.
And Denny took some photos of my latest finished dress – don’t mind the blurry, you get the idea, right?
Pattern is McCall’s 5137.
Fabric: “Carmen Paisley” in brown from Reprodepot; brown cotton twill from Fabricland. The paisley is really light and gauzey, and has a ripple texture. I thought the twill might be too heavy (especially doubled for the neckband and waist) but it gives the garment some good weight.
Thoughts on the pattern – well, I think there are some unnecessary seams. You could cut the back bodice and centre back skirt panel on the fold and eliminate those seams. And it’s very low cut! I made the size 8 on the recommendation of Erin from A Dress a Day, and it fits fine. Very comfy.
I decided not to do doubled sleeve ends and just did a normal hem around the sleeve. There’s supposed to be an extra panel at the bottom of the skirt, but I nixed that too and just hemmed. All in all the pattern was fairly straightforward.
Now I’m all tempted to buy more of that paisley!