Sewing: Walkaway dress problems – help please, Internet :)

19 04 2015

I’m looking for anyone who’s tried to make the Walkaway Dress from this year’s Great British Sewing Bee book!

I’ve cut out my pieces, and sewn in all the darts etc, and sewn the skirt pieces together. That’s where my first issue lay

  1. The line marked Centre Back was on the fold, even though if you sew the two pieces together, the seam, not the fold, would go down the Centre Back. Maybe this has something to do with it?
  2. Anyway, on to the main issue at hand. I need to sew the Back Bodice, to the Skirt, but I’m having problems matching the waist.

  3. The skirt has 4 notches, the back bodice has 2
  4. None of the notches line up with each other
  5. Most critically, the back bodice waist is far shorter than the skirt waist, when they should match exactly…

Has anyone come across similar issues?
Does anyone know what I might have done wrong?
Is it something to do with the way I sewed the skirt pieces together?
Does anyone know what I can do to fix it?

I read on one forum that someone had adjusted their pattern “to make it work” but I’m way too beginner to know where to even start with that.

Any help or advice most gratefully received!


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Carry one another’s burdens

22 11 2013

From this Sunday just gone:

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6v2

The parable of the good Samaritan – Luke 10vv25-37

The idea that we should manage our burdens on our own is very British, very western. The poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling reflects that. We don’t like to be burdens to others, but we’re designed for community.

We all have burdens, there are many types, and they are unique to each of us. We can’t know what burdens feel like for each other, but we can help. We can help with prayer, kind words, hugs, practical support, time.

Rotas are not just rotas, not just names on lists. They are ways of releasing others to worship in the church, to serve them.

We can be too passive, explaining away burdens and dissolving responsibility.

Christ has already taken our burdens on Himself. He often lightens our load by getting other Christians to help carry – we can be porters for Him.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6v10

Christ took our burden for us so that we can come with empty hands to receive God’s grace, love and mercy.

We’re not do-gooders. Christ has done good to us.
Do-gooders tell people the good we’ve done. We tell people the good that Christ has done.
There is a whole world of difference between Christians and do-gooders.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11v28

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5v7