I have to admit, that the trials and tribulations that I am enduring are my own fault. It all started with my determination that I would be able to use this pattern for both of my nieces (aged 1 and 2). Well, since I am notoriously lazy, this presented a pattern challenge for me. Normally, I just cut out the size I plan to use and resign myself to the fact that I will not be able to make it bigger without extra work. This time, I pulled out some long-neglected sewing tools that have been snoozing at the bottom of a bin for ages.
I have no idea what this paper is called, but one side is normal, and the other side has a chalky blue powder. I think I got it in a sewing kit a million years ago. I put the chalky paper under the pattern paper with the blue side against the fabric.
And then, I use the special bumpy wheel tool to trace over my size lines, thereby transferring the blue chalk to the fabric.
(I know that all of the experienced sewers on here are laughing at me right now. I am aware that there must be an easier way, but I generally learn the hard way..)
So, the wheelie tool created these little blue dashes. Can you see those okay?? No, me neither......
Which is why I pulled out my handy Spiderman washable marker. But, of course, that meant MORE work for me. *sigh*
- Cut out pattern
- pin to fabric
- Sandwich chalky paper between pattern and fabric
- trace with wheel
- go over "barely-there" dashes with washable marker
- cut fabric.
I was so happy to have cut those pieces successfully, I should have known that my bliss wouldn't last..
<---This is the contrast I was doing.
And, this is what I found when I opened my nicely folded coordinating fabric: ---->
Dummy! Dummy! I thought I had bought 2 yards of that fabric, but apparently not.
So, now I am trying to decide on a new contrast fabric. I'm leaning toward the green, but I'm almost too irritated to continue. I have to finish this dress by Thursday night, and I have a lot of work to do before then!! Cross your fingers that the storm has passed and it's all easy street from here..