Today’s blog post is dedicated to all my followers who live south of the equator. Summer is about to start down there, so it’s time to do a blog post on swimsuits!
Sorry for the terrible condition of my pattern in today’s blog post.
Not only is the envelope in bad physical condition, but when I purchased it, this pattern was also missing quite a few pieces. But it had the swimsuit/bodysuit pattern (which was what I wanted to sew), and it also had its instructions sheets — which is crucial, as you’ll see in today’s blog post.
Last summer, I wanted to see how other people design swimsuits for dolls, so while taking a college course at Boise State University, I brought along a ready-to-sew swimsuit (view B in the McCall’s teen doll pattern number 3429 shown above) to work on while listening to lectures.
Because the pattern was in such fragile condition, I did not bring along the written instructions on my first trip to the college campus. Rather, I just started to sew the hemlines around the neck, leg, and armholes, while listening to my instructor’s lecture.
This seemed like a good place to start, so I just went with my gut.
In the image below, the green arrow shows where I had started to sew the neckline. Pink arrows show where I had started to sew the armholes.
Except those were not a neckline and armholes at all. Oooops!
In the image below, I’ve flipped the whole swimsuit garment piece around, and the purple arrows point at the actual neckline, which would only appear after I had sewn the two garment pieces to one another. The blue arrow points at the armhole.
The yellow arrow points at what I thought was the neckline, but it turns out this was a leg hole! Oh no!
And that means — yep! — the orange arrows point at the front and back seams of the swimsuit, which should have been sewn to the other garment piece, not hemmed.
So I tossed the coral-colored orange-ish swimsuit in the garbage and had to start over. So much for that.
It seems McCall’s 3429’s swimsuit and/or bodysuit pattern would have to wait for another day.
But as I often remind my students at the middle school where I work as a school librarian, “When you fall off the bike, you don’t walk away. You brush the dust off, and you get back on the bike and ride.”
So next week I’ll show you what happened when I got back on the bike and rode it. But the second time, I learned from my mistakes and read the directions!
Ironically enough, I also remind my middle schoolers about the importance of reading the directions. Why didn’t I follow my own advice? Who knows!
But I sure wish I had.
As Alice says when she’s in Wonderland, “Read the directions, and directly you will be directed in the right direction!”
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