I hate marking. And this kind doesn’t even involve stickers.

Time Spent: ca 1 hr 30

This is how I marked, using my gauge, chalk paper and a pizza cutter (not actually - I took sewing lessons as a youngster and there are major gaps in my vocabulary. I'm sorry, Mrs. V!)
This is how I marked, using my gauge, chalk paper and a pizza cutter (not actually – I took sewing lessons as a youngster and there are major gaps in my vocabulary. I’m sorry, Mrs. V!)

Total Time Spent: 4 hrs

Tonight, I finished marking. Most of my marking was done with chalk, but I decided to mark the grainline and cross grain on the front panels and sleeves. Ever the teacher, I asked why on earth this was necessary and learned that sewing these lines in a contrasting colour help to see how the fabric drapes once done, and shows asymmetry easily. Click here for the Burda article.

I was glad to actually get to pull out my machine tonight, though all I got to do was mark and sew two darts. Neither of which was exciting. I stopped at this point because the next steps all involve interfacing (which I’m not bothering with for the practice run. To the much more experienced sewers out there, is this an awful idea?) and I’m too tired to wade through the directions for the next step. I plan on logging a few hours tomorrow, so hopefully I will actually be able to sew a couple of panels together and make this thing look like clothing. 🙂

This is one of the front panels complete with seams marked, all construction lines, grain line and cross grain. So. Much. Tracing.
This is one of the sleeves after I sewed the grain and cross grain. You can see how the chalk is already wearing off and barely visible. The seams should stick, though!

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