Hope you are enjoying the sunshine? I did wonder if everyone’s sewing output would decrease during the summer but it seems the opposite – I can hardly keep up with my blog feed with all of the new makes which is BRILLIANT – daily inspiration!
Last week I wrote quite chirpily about my first session at the Vintage Shirtdress workshop at Sew Over it – blogged here. I commented, with exclamation, that I certainly wasn’t a size 8 which the toile indicated. Well dear reader, it is true… I am not a size 8 and that’s why I felt so dis-spirited at my class on Tuesday. Having completed my homework diligently, the bodice barely met across my (flat) chest so I knew that it would not cope with the seam allowances for button bands/facings etc.
When I arrived at the class others were in the same position. Full marks to our teacher Julie who remained calm and professional throughout – instead of joining in with the “how could this have happened?” wailing, she focused entirely on what needed to be done to put things right. For me, this involved unpicking and then re-sewing the seam allowances on bodice and skirt etc. I was really gutted because my fabric is Liberty and as you know, it’s not cheap. Anyway, a salvage was achieved and we all went on to enjoy the chatter, tea and cake as per usual.
Post the workshop, we all received a lovely email from Lisa who explained what had happened. It was clear that the issue had been investigated thoroughly and we have all been offered a replacement pattern and some fabric (the toiles had stretched so please don’t worry if you have bought a pattern). I think this is the mark of a great business – how it deals with complaints. Actually, everyone in sewing is so lovely that I don’t think anyone actually complained – we just looked a bit sad!
I only really managed to add the collar on Tuesday – I can’t quite see how it is all going to fit with the facing because it looks inside out to me but the redoubtable Julie assures me it is correct!
Anyway, just before I go, I wanted to show you how I cheered myself up. I made myself a little something with the leftovers … can you guess what it is?!