I hate to sew!

I hated it when my Mother tried to teach me as a teenager, and I hate it now as a 67 year-old, even though I’ve been trying my hand at it off and on for the last three years.

I just simply hate it.

If I get this current linen underdress project completed, it will be a miracle.

And I’m seriously thinking of paying someone to make the wool smokkr to go over it.

That’s because I’ve never dealt with wool before, and this particular wool is something I don’t want to mess up. It is hand-dyed and hand-woven by Joy Selby Cain, a master weaver in our SCA Barony of Middle Marches.

Or I might give up on the idea of this outfit at all!

Here’s as far as I’ve gotten with the underdress. I really wish I had just made a simple T-dress instead of following this pattern. I’ve used it a couple of times before, and each time I’ve had problems with it.


The four sleeve pieces are sewed to the four gore pieces. The long center piece that comprises both the front and back has the neck hole finished by hand. Next the sleeve/gore pieces need to be sewn to the center piece, and then the long sides running from the undersides of the sleeves down the sides to the floor.


Ugh. I don’t want to deal with pinning this stuff together so that I can sew it up. I want to use my table to eat supper on! 😛

I don’t even like the way this pattern turns out. A T-dress looks just as good, if not better, and involves many fewer seams. I used this pattern on my 2018 Spring Coronation underdress in bright red, for which I had earlier made a cotton flannel muslin. The flannel stuff turned out best, I think.

Red underdress
Neckline of cotton flannel underdress “muslin”

The arthritis in my hands is killing me.

I don’t like to sew.

Neither by hand nor by machine.

I think I’ll go binge watch some Outlander.

And then I’ll clear my table of underdress pieces and have some supper! 😛