I have had many requests for 'work in progress' posts, so I
thought I'd show you what I'm working on today. Before I start
tho- I DO always appreciate any suggestions of post topics you all
may have in mind, or be interested in seeing! I want my Blog to
be of use and enjoyment to all who take their precious time to
That being said- I would like to make a quick disclaimer that
there will be no comments allowed about the pokes on my fingers!
They are actually looking pretty good- I am always stabbing
myself in the thumb with the needle....and today even, as I have a
bad habit of holding my needle and thread temporarily in my
mouth, I stabbed the heck out of my bottom lip...so bad my needle
stuck in there and I had to actually pull it out!! I'll spare you a
picture of that nastiness......
I am making this Pet en L'air from a just absolutely D*E*vine
steele blue silk charmuse. Being 150% honest here, it is THE
absolute WORST fabric to try and sew on, in my opinion- I dare
say I even hate it! But....it is so beautiful, and such a heavy
weighted hand to it, all the while having a water fluidity and
drape that is very hard to come by in making small dollye clothes.
At the scale I am sewing, it is a perfect rendering of a life size
satin....so... slippery as it is, here I sit stabbing away at my fingers.
For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a Pet en
L'air is an 18th century loose fitting jacket of sorts...I say loose
fitting, as it looks like it is, but actually there is a lining on the
inside that has it to fit nice and snugly against the body.
Anyway- like most all 18th century clothing, the cut is SO
simple, yet so blasted hard to get looking right- its all in the
'drape' of the textile. This entire piece, less the sleeves, is a single
piece of fabric. Here I am starting to pleat the back
mind you- its my favorite! Its bent just ever so perfect from
hours of being used...people say "how can you sew with that bent
thing???" To which I always reply, "To see a straight needle, is to
know it has NEVER been used"
When I am stitching down pleats in particular, and at this small
scale, I like to sew directly on my ironing board. I can pin directly
into the board, and especially with this slippery fabric, it just
makes things much easier! You can see another tool I can't be
without in sewing....
fingers are getting so fat I can't hold a needle well, so alot of the
time I hold my needle with tweezers, and yes, I do sew with both
right and left hands.
AKKK! What a MESS! This fabric is so fine, and it snags
easily with my regular pins, so I had to use my extra fine silk
pins, and they are very long and pointy....(more stabbing). This is
the armscye all pinned into place before stitching