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My Tiramisu Saga
Sewing my first Tiramisu
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Date: 5/15/14 8:27 PM

Hi All.
I decided to start a new topic for my dress. I've had a frustrating time with this dress. I really like the cross-over front, the midriff band, the POCKETS! But, I guess my measuring was faulty because
When I put it together, the midriff band was too long for me, the whole thing was a bit too big around, except at the bust. I cut the midriff down, following the instructions on the Cake patterns website. But, the bust was too low-cut for me. I wanted to put the arm binding on in the round, so that's not done yet.
So, I over-lapped the front bodice pieces a bit more and basted them back to the midriff band. But, then, the seam looked all wonky-baggy, bumpy and uneven.
I ignored the dress for a while. Yesterday, I remembered long ago, I had a top that was similar. It had a gusset, I think it's called, under the cross-over. So, I cut a gusset from the little bit of fabric I had remaining. I basted that in. It looked fine. So, I sewed it in. It looked horrible-baggy, bumpy and uneven.
So, today, I removed the gusset and sewed the bodice front to the midriff band again.
It looked awful. My husband said "Come and eat!" So, I ate supper with my dress on. It seemed to "settle" over supper. I decided to call it good enough.
Tomorrow, during daylight, I'll have my husband take pictures of me in it. Maybe some of you can tell me how much you think I should take off for length, or offer suggestions about how I can do the bust pattern pieces so they'll be more modest on me, for next time. We don't have a full-length mirror here, and it's hard to judge the length when I'm standing on the bathroom counter.
I have two very large men's t-shirts that I want to make another Tiramisu with. But, before I do that, I have to change the bodice cross-over pieces so they'll cross over at a higher point on my chest, the midriff pieces so they aren't so long, and the skirt pieces so they are closer to the length they need to be. Because, as large as those t-shirts are, there's even less fabric to spare than I had of this green print rayon.
I need to make my clothes using the Sure-Fit designs kit I bought, started, and set aside because I couldn't figure out the waist part.
Sewing is fun when things go well, but very frustrating when they don't. I know it's my lousy measuring in the first place that caused the problem.
I hope I'll be able to figure out how to get pictures in this topic tomorrow.

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Date: 5/15/14 11:17 PM

I'm sorry things weren't going well with the Tiramisu. I made it last summer and mine is a little gaping at the front. I usually stay surplice edges with twill tape or clear elastic but didn't for some reason. I wear a sleeveless t-shirt under it usually. I can't remember the order of construction the pattern gives, but I sewed it so I could do the entire side seam at once--basting first to check fit.

Now you know what to fix, so things should go smoother.

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Date: 5/16/14 0:35 AM

Hi Ghijsmom-

Someone emailed me a link to your thread so I could lend a hand, here I am! Sounds like you've had a bit of a time with your Tira. I'm trying to picture it from your description and I think you were spot on with your instinct to increase the crossover to bring up the neckline.

But then, like you noticed, sometimes crossing it over more can create pulls in the seamline under the bust. This is usually because the binding ends up having to curve around the side of the bust, which pulls on the midriff seam at the point where the binding is connected. Is that what you were seeing?

If you'd like, I can help you make the pattern piece more to your liking for next time. The approach we'd take varies depending on what's happening on the dress you made, but I'd have to see her on you before I could say with more certainty how to approach the patternwork. :)

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Date: 5/16/14 2:05 AM

Hi 3HoursPast!
I'll have my hubby take some pictures in daylight, but, yes, I think you have described my problem. We only have our phone camera or iPad camera, so the pictures might not come out very clear, but we'll try.
Thanks for your offer of help. I really do like the dress and hope the next one will turn out better. I've decided that from now on, I'm going to make each pattern thrice, so I can really learn it.

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Date: 5/16/14 2:46 AM

I'm Steph, btw, I made the pattern. Iphones take pretty good photos, I find. Just don't twirl around too much, stand normally, and I'll be able to tell where we need to pinch and pull the pattern piece to get her fitting you the way you want.

I get that about thrice sewing something! I usually discover something in the sewing myself, or I want to play the pattern through a few diff fabrics to see how it works.... So addictive. :)

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Date: 5/16/14 12:53 PM

Hi All.
So, I have pictures, but no idea how to get them in here. Help?

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Date: 5/16/14 3:37 PM

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Date: 5/16/14 4:04 PM

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Hi All.
So, I have pictures, but no idea how to get them in here. Help?

Use something besides IE (Internet Explorer) as your operating system - I use Opera to get pictures to go up. Some use Firefox - or pretty much anything except IE. For some reason the links don't work properly with IE. I have heard there is some way to do it - but I could never figure it out and so I just keep Opera on my computer to use for PR.

When you use those other OS platforms then you will see little buttons right up above where you type your post. One says "Image" and that puts the picture here ~ Or ~ I usually use the http:// button and link to my photobucket.

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Date: 5/16/14 4:13 PM

i was able to get the pictures into my album
http://www.friendsofpr.com/ghijsmom/album.html

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Date: 5/16/14 4:41 PM

Hi fourkid.
We use Google. We used to use Firefox, but hubby doesn't want it on this laptop. We haven't used IE in years.
My husband got some pictures in my pattern review photo album and linked to it. We just couldn't get the pictures into a message.
Most frustrating. He worked as a Systems Analyst his whole career, and I was a secretary for my last 7 years of work. Spent every day on a computer.
Oh well, the washing machine won't work today either. The house must be cursed.

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