This weekend I've been in the mood to finish up all of the garments that have been hanging around, so I've temporarily moved away from the plan. Yeah, I know, right after I got one that I was excited about! Anyway, today I'm completing The Dreaming with Spring dress...I have about 2 hours worth of finishing to do to it so that I can wear it tomorrow.
As always when sewing, the thoughts are racing...and yesterday I realized that I have a color coordination issue. Yeah the thread, zipper, hem tape and lining must all color coordinate with the fashion fabric. And when making the RL Linen Dress, I used three different colors of thread to insure that it all worked together. This is alot of color coordinating during the construction of a garment, especially since I am the only one who will see the inner workings of the dress. But I really can't stand when the threads don't match the fashion fabric. Does anyone else have this issue?!
My other issue yesterday was hanger straps for the dress. I searched through six of my vintage sewing books trying to find the best way to insert one. Before I read about how Summerset included one in her vintage garments, I used to pin my dresses to their hangers. After seeing the dress hangers I've decided to include them in my own dresses. See this is the downfall to not owning any RTW, you can't pull something out of the closet to check it out! So if anyone has any tips on how to insert the hanger straps, it would be appreciated!
However, while reading through the Adele Margolis book, "Fashion Sewing for Everyone," I found this passage entitled, "Anything Goes - If It Worked!"
The comforting thing about clothing construction is that there is nothing sacred. There is just no one way to do anything.
No one way to design. Make rules and along comes some design genius who defies them all.
No one way to sew. New techniques follow new styles, new needs, new technology, new fabrics.
No one purpose needle or pin or thread or iron or anything. There are
specific tools for specific purposes.
Following are some techniques that have stood the test of time. New
ones are constantly developing. If you can invent some of your own -
go ahead. Anything goes - if it works!
Finally, I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day. A day full of fun, family and good food! And while you are enjoying your day, please take a moment and think about or say a prayer for the men and women who are presently defending our country both here and abroad. Also think about the ones who have come before...we are truly blessed that they and their families are willing to lay down their lives to insure our safety!
As always...more later!