So at the weekend I thought I would try the Gertie dress, I had bought some ¥100 bargain jersey to use as a muslin, it was a bargain because there were some small faults in the fabric, I just made sure I missed them when I cut it out. It was supposed to have a ruffle at the bottom of the dress but when I tried it on, I decided it was already a good length, so I didn't bother.
Instead of hemming the neckline, sleeves and bottom I used the ruffle idea that I saw on Make It and Love it. I love how it turned out and for about ¥200 for a new dress one can't complain! The only problem I had was when I was starting off on a new seam the fabric would often get jammed in the feed dogs, I haven't sewn much with this type of fabric, so if you have any advice, fire away. I did find using the lightning bolt stitch was much easier that the zig-zag and yes, I used a knit (ball point? is that what it is called in English?) needle.
I am now working on drafting the basic shirt design, I feel like if I can master this I can manage anything, must admit the collar is scaring me a little! If you want to get into making your own clothes I highly recommend this book, it is simple to follow and written with a sense of humour. There are plenty of diagrams to follow and reasons for doing certain things, such as squaring the corners are all explained. You do, however need to have some sewing experience, the book explains really well how to draft the pattern but the sewing instructions assume you have some sewing experience.
Arm update - went to the doctor again today, he looked at it and said he need to have some rehab treatment so he had some kind of heat treatment and electric massage, I am supposed to take him back every day for a week!