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Hey Girl

Remember those Ryan Gosling ‘Hey Girl…’ memes?  I don’t know much about Ryan Gosling — I saw ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ and I really didn’t like it — but I think they’re the best thing for when you’re having a shit day.

Ryan Gosling tells it like it is.

Not that you can notice, but Jane said she got a bad haircut the other week and it really bummed her out.  We’ve all been there too, it’s rotten.  There’s not enough hats and hairties in the world that’ll make you feel much better.  However, after the success of Kerryn’s birthday present last year, I knew that a little bit of Ryan Gosling couldn’t hurt.  So I did what any normal person would do and typed ‘Ryan Gosling’ into Ravelry.

This little guy turned up.

Ryan the Gossling gets around.

This is Ryan The Gosling, and he’s your wingman!  The pattern is Tiny Gosling, from a little e-book called Tiny Hatchlings (Ravelry link).  It cost $5, which is probably more than I would normally pay for what amounts to amigurumi, but the instructions are incredibly clear — right down to how many stitches apart the eyes should be.  The yarn used was all scrap yarn, which also helped me justify the cost of the pattern.  He’s the second version I’ve made, I made one for Kerryn’s birthday as well, but on future versions, I think I might put a coin or something in his short-rowed bum, just to help him sit up without looking drunk.

I think he did the job of cheering Jane up.  He now takes pride of place on Jane’s dashboard in her van.  Below is a picture of him on his way to Mildura a couple of weeks ago.

Driving north for the winter.

Meanwhile, this has been me these last two weeks:

Hey girl, let that sewing machine have it!

I have been sewing Gertie’s Shirtwaist Dress, from her book ‘Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing’.  I’ve made three toiles.  I’ve made a list of adjustments as long as my arm and the minute I change one thing, something else wants my attention.  The front of that bodice is my arch nemesis at the moment, followed closely by that armscye shape.  I’m running out of fabric and quite frankly, I’m running out of patience.  I understand that sewing takes practice, but I sincerely believe that I don’t quite have the skill set yet to solve all the problems that I’m experiencing.  Today, after an exasperated glance at some Amazon reviews, I was inspired to measure the flat pattern (which is ironically something Gertie tells you to always do).  I’ve cut the 6, for a 36″ bust.  Once I’d subtracted the alleged 5/8″ seam allowance, I was left with a pattern that barely measured 36.5″, which I don’t believe is anywhere near enough ease for something like a shirtwaist dress.

This is the second annoying project I’ve attempted from the book — I have also made The Portrait Blouse, and while I do wear it, I was never satisfied enough to blog about it.  Once again, I encountered problems with the armscye, plus the instructions didn’t make sense (turn the seams under for the armholes?  With what fabric?).  The instructions for The Shirtwaist Dress aren’t much better — the pocket they depict in the illustrations is definitely not the pocket drafted, and after reading PR reviews, I know I’m not the only one who placed them too far down the skirt the first time around.

I’m not entirely sure what I will do next.  It’s getting more and more likely I will not finish this dress as Gertie’s Shirtwaist Dress.  I might do something similar to this dress I made, where I combined some different pattern pieces for an easy wearing dress (and I wear that one all the time).  From what I can tell, the back of the Shirtwaist Dress fits fine, because shirring does hide a lot of sins, so I might fashion a front bodice based on a pattern I know fits (maybe Licorice)?  Likely, I will take some time off from this project to start with and go from there.  This is my note-to-self to not forget about it.

Ryan forgets shirt and spelling.

May 26th, 2014
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  1. Emily on May 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Argh, I want to make this dress but everything I read about it turns me off. My biggest problem is that I haven't even started yet because I can't for the life of me figure out whether the patterns include seam allowance or not. It's so irritating that I can't find that simple bit of information anywhere! What did you end up doing, adding them or not?

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