Monday, April 25, 2016

Just Keep On Keeping On Dress

Frocking with a Sewing Injury is No Joke.   Alas, I've been in such a state going on 3 weeks now.  Just this dress has been eeked out during that time.   


~ I am bereft from the lack of sewing ~

The same injury is grossly limiting my computer time as well.  Yikes almighty.


~ oh, but look at the pretty flowers ~

Is it just because I've been sewing 8 hours a day for the 5+ years of Project Minima, that suddenly all the aches and pains have jumped up and taken over my left shoulder?   Along with bad sewing posture?

During this enforced time off, I have lowered my sewing machine 3.5" by cutting a hole in the computer desk and letting it sit on the keyboard sliding tray.  Perfect.  I also raised the cutting table 8" by setting the legs on empty coffee cans.  Perfect.  Raised the office chair some more.  Put a box under the desk to raise my feet.  Still not great, but better.


~ my 3 hour dress that took 3 weeks ~

Made from a Tina Givens Iris dress pattern.  I luv the design and it's only 2 pattern pieces:  the dress and the collar.  (Well, 3 counting the pockets).  Very simple.  Nevertheless, the instructions are off regarding the collar.  So just go your own way there.



~ the collar/ cowl can be worn all sorts of way - even as a hood! ~

I also spent quality time organizing my sox drawer(s).  For real.  sigh.   And lots of sleeping because I just couldn't stand it.  But then, these certainly helped...


~ les sox and docs ~


I'm off to meet with the always lively Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style.  And then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live.   Come on by.



28 comments:

  1. Sorry you've been on the disabled list for sewing - I do appreciate your engineering fixes to the machine. Fabulous dress, and socks! xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. oh, oh, oh, woe is me. Hopefully the engineering will be beneficial when I can get back in the saddle.

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  2. It sounds as if it's been a major military operation to get all of this organised so that can sew again. I do hope that things improve with your shoulder - are you having physio? Anyway, I love the dress particularly paired with those fab socks and shoes!
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Trying to get the doctor's appt. going has been another story altogether. There's still hope in that dept.

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  3. Ouch! Poor you! Do take care and let it heal properly. You don't want it to haunt you forever.

    Very adorable dress! I love it with the cute shoes and socks.

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  4. Ohmegerd, lemme tell you about my frozen shoulder....
    The sad/funny thing is: with or without the PT or injections, it has almost healed up on the original timetable I was given in November (June!!!). In the meantime, I moved all the sewing furniture around, have redrafted the pullover dresses I used to favor into stuff that doesn't need both arms straight up.
    I am setting up the health ray gun and aiming it in what I perceive is your direction. Thank Tesla, it should work!

    It is the least I can do to honor your inspirational makes.

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  5. Sounds like you are doing all the right things for improved ergonomics! That and TIME will hopefully do the the trick.

    Oh...and a pretty dress always helps too! So feminine and flowy, but not overwhelming. Cool with the shoes!

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    1. Oh man, I was going for overwhelming. I guess I go with just whelming once in awhile...snicker, snicker.

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  6. You seem to be embracing knits! Lovely with this pattern.
    I am also suffering sewing injury. I have developed arthritis in my fingers all of a sudden...menopause?! So am adjusting to the lack of sewing, knitting, crafting, piano playing etc that was my former identity.
    Grr...bah humbug!
    Wishing you many happy returns of your sewing ability with all your adjustments. We will prevail...one way or other!
    Loving this three week make with the fancy socks. You have such flair.
    Hugs to you! xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. oh my, Jazzy Jack. Whatever are you doing now? I know, poetry, dressing up, acting. There's always some place creativity can come through. Wishing your fingers retain their flexibility.

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  7. Love the dress! It looks way better on you than the model on Tina Givens. Did you let then know about the collar problems. I have been hesitant to purchase that pattern, but you have given me inspiration. Sorry about your aches and pains. (I can relate!)

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    1. Yes, I am in constant communication with Tina Givens regarding their great designs coupled with inept pattern instructions. When you get it, let me know and I'll give you a few tips for the collar...

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  8. Sorry you've been out of action. Hope you're much better now.
    Love the dress.

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    1. It fades away and creeps back again. Waiting for that doctor's appointment.

      I'm thrilled to hear you're going for the 1 year/local sourced outfit challenge.

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  9. A sports injury? Noooo!!! I'm glad you've found some workarounds, but really, so sorry to hear this news. Three days into three weeks is not so bad. I think I have several five-year projects... Pfft.
    You look fabulous no matter what's going on. LOOOVE this dress and the drapey cool collar, with those sexay socks and the shoes. Hope your shoulder feels better ASAP.

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    1. Yeah, I've been training for the marathon long-distance sewing Olympics. Hope this won't set me back too far...

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  10. You need an ergonomic assessment of your sewing setup! I don't sew, but 7 hours a day at a desk job is wreaking havoc with my neck, shoulders and back, so I feel your pain (or at least my pain).

    Hmm, maybe even I could make a dress that only has 2 or 3 pieces, but if the instructions were wrong, I wouldn't know how to troubleshoot it. I do love the shape of that dress.

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    1. Is there such a thing? An ergo ass?

      Yes you could easily make this dress. I'll even give you helpful tips along the way or even before you get started or both!

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  11. only two pattern pieces? fab!!!! and gorgeous socks! :-)
    your poor shoulder! one of the blessings of a industrial sewing machine is its ergonomic build. because usually the users sit there 8h/5days every week - for years..... every time i work on my old big darling i thank the guy who found her for me in an old storage!!
    you look divine in that dress!!! xxxx

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    1. You are a lucky one, Beate. Or maybe it's good karma. My doctor's appointment is this week!

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  12. Agree about this pattern! It's my favorite and I've made five or six versions already but the collar? Wrong! One size does not fit all...the pattern is cut wrong to begin with and doesn't flare out wide enough to fit over shoulders unless teeny tiny. There always seems to be one or two problems with TG patterns though. I just bought a coat pattern that tells you it needs around three yds....trust me, you need closer to six and that is with 60" wide fabric. Always something! I use Iris as a tunic and I even use the bottom half attached to a ready made shirt, It's a great, flattering shape!

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    1. You can say that again. Aha, you did! I haven't made another yet, but I'm sure I will. I did remake the collar for another dress by the Tiltons that had a really skimpy cowl. Wish you had a blog address I could go to...

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  13. Agree about this pattern! It's my favorite and I've made five or six versions already but the collar? Wrong! One size does not fit all...the pattern is cut wrong to begin with and doesn't flare out wide enough to fit over shoulders unless teeny tiny. There always seems to be one or two problems with TG patterns though. I just bought a coat pattern that tells you it needs around three yds....trust me, you need closer to six and that is with 60" wide fabric. Always something! I use Iris as a tunic and I even use the bottom half attached to a ready made shirt, It's a great, flattering shape!

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