Lining up the silk against the edge of the table, ever so carefully trying to align the grainlines so my cut pieces won’t be wonky. It is a flowy silk without a lot of dimensional stability, so in short… I am taking my sweet time (read procrastinating) about getting to the sewing… but hey, it has to be cut right, right?
Oh, and my old domestic iron finally died on me. For a $60 iron from Canadian Tire it has stood up to 6 years of the kind of punishment only a fashion design student can give. So I took the streetcar down Queen and promptly bought the junior version of an industrial steam iron. I looked longingly at the heavy duty steam iron, but frankly, I do not do the amount of ironing to justify that.
Still it is a sweet little iron and I hope it will stick with me for many years.
Here are the cut pieces for the underlining which is a simple princess line shift dress with a waist seam. The bodice is reinforced with a hidden interlining of cotton with a fairly high thread count for stability and a bit of support and comfort for the bride, I hope.
I also picked up some new machine attachments for this dress; an invisible zipper foot and a 1/8″ hemmer. I will be doing a lot of test stitching. Some I may do on my domestic Necchi which has a nice short stitch and a whole boxful of attachments but a slight wonk in the needle shaft requires careful jury-rigging. The Singer has never really loosened up after being neglected by its former caretakers, so its stitch tends to be very tight… sewing on silk may not be possible.
Stay tuned for a test stitching post, yay!