I’m a Beginner Sewer… Again

Posted by admin | Filed under Christening Dress, Sewing Savvy | Jul 5, 2007 | Comments Off

If you’ve read some of the previous posts, you already know I’m cheap – nothing is wasted – and now you can officially add to that bit of folklore: Impatient.

I’m one of those people that stands in front of the microwave tapping her fingers waiting for the hot water to nuke for my coffee. I’m mean come-on – we’re talking 2.30 minutes here… I could be DOING something!

Being that impatient has come back to bite me in the past – and well golly gee, it just did it again. Golly gee?

In this case though, I’m going to plead for a bit of understanding. Remember when I told you about using Perfect Sew and how absolutely wonderful it is? Well…. I didn’t follow my own advice, hence the ‘I’m a beginner sewer’ comment.

Three vertical rows of embroidery stitching with Silk threadI’ve been fighting with the design for the Christening Dress skirt. I’ve folded, and tucked, pleated and then box pleated, gathered, marked, measured, pressed and pinned, sketched and probably a dozen more things – but still wasn’t happy. Grumble. Grumble. Grumble.

Finally, I thought I try using the same embroidery stitch that I’d used on the bodice and sleeves, down the length of the skirt, maybe bracketing it with a complimentary design on each side. In fact I could do that across the whole front and only gather the back of the skirt! That just might work.

Well of course I had to sit down and try the first three rows immediately to see if – Yes! – this was going to make me happy. I didn’t want wait and use Perfect Sew, instead I grabbed my roll of ‘doctors paper’ and cut several long strips. I normally use this stuff when doing a lot of satin-stitching as a support; for that it’s ideal.

The vertical embroidery looks like it’s going to do it! I’ll need to probably put three groups of the combination and two stand-alone lines – that will look good.

A paper mess!As you can see from the picture, the combination does look good – but, these are delicate stitches and I have to remove multiple layers of paper! What was I thinking!

I very carefully got as much paper removed as possible by hand (do not ask how long that took) and then filled the sink with warm water. Yeap, the skirt is soaking now and I expect it will for quite a while yet. I’m sure I can find something else to do… while I wait. Irony bites.

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