Bend Like The Green Reed

March 22, 2017   /   bydidyoumakethat  / Categories :  Feeds

pinned sleeve

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” Confucius

The M6885 is a GREAT pattern. But for now, you’re going to have to take my word for it.

Life has seriously got in the way of this make, and progress has been achingly slow. It’s been worth it, though. If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll have seen most steps along the way. The lawn cotton is from The Sewcial Studio. It’s been a dream to sew with, and I don’t say that lightly. (Though I recommend a microtex needle, and it’s best not to leave pins in the fabric overnight.)

basted hem

I learnt a new-to-me technique! Whenever I’ve sewn a shaped hem, the curved section always gets chewed up by the sewing machine. It’s a lot to manoeuvre around. This time, I decided to hand baste that section of the hem before machine sewing. Makes a big difference. I do love it when necessity forces a bit of lateral thinking.

sleeve tab

This dress is a relatively simple make, but with great details. I’ve used three different thread shades during the sewing, and these beautiful vintage buttons were born to be twinned with this lawn. Funny how I feel guilty cutting into an old, yellowed card of buttons, yet I don’t wince when I start hacking a vintage pattern.

A pattern review should be coming up soon! In the meantime, I hope you’re bending like the green reed with whatever is being thrown at you. Life is for the living and the sewing machine isn’t going anywhere.

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