Friends, it should come as no surprise that I chose Doctor Who as my inspiration for the first official challenge of the year. I mean, I have the shoes, I'm making my bedroom into a spaceship, and my hand is still cramped from making the scarf.
Not too long ago, I had some fabulous Tardis jewelry come into my possession via The Sisters Ruehl Etsy Shop. I grabbed the necklace first, but then *gasp* there were earrings, too! Now I just needed an outfit. Enter this challenge + the Colette Sewing Handbook...
and a shooty dog thing.
I made this fabulous Taffy with some polyester that I have been keeping in my stash for what seems like forever. I only had large scraps to work with, but I was determined because this fabric is AWESOME.
I'm in love with the sheer portions of this shirt. I didn't cut the shirt on the bias just so I could have the sheer stripes running vertically. I love the way these appear on the curve of the sleeve.
Making this shirt was a breeze aside from hand sewing the trim onto the sleeve edge. I chose to hand sew because my machine tends to eat edges and I really wanted my stitching to be hidden.
The back was pieced together from two sheer portions of the shirt. I'm so glad I kept this tan tank top!
I did have some issues sewing through the polyester - it seemed to resist every single machine needle. My French seams are a mess but they are FRENCH SEAMS. I was so excited to finally learn this skill! Once I got the hang of it, it was a total piece of cake. French seams will be making regular appearances on my garments from here on out.
Here's a picture of me waiting for that silly Doctor to show up. He's late per usual... which might be a good thing this time because OMG WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BOTTOM OF MY SKIRT?!
It appears the seam binding I used from my stash bled through and stained my fabric. Once I came to grips with this fact, I trucked myself up to the local Hancock Fabrics (and by local I mean it takes an hour to get there on the Red Line) to buy black dye. Black dye covers all manner of sins, right? Imagine my shock when Hancock Fabrics was out of black dye. FAIL. I'll never make that trip again.
It only leads me to wonder how long the skirt has looked like this and I haven't noticed. Obviously I still didn't notice when these pictures were taken ... but I found out shortly after. Oy.
A close up of my jewelry. Isn't it fab? Now I just need a mini Matt Smith or David Tennant to come running out of it. I wonder where I could buy one of those...
And finally, a video for all of you of me and my pup :)
Have a fantastic day, all! And I'm so glad I'm not the only Doctor Who (or Downton Abbey) fan out there!