I spent some time wrestling with those ruddy pleats. The centre one is easy, fold fold, tweak tweak, press press. The two at the sides though were driving me mad. No markings, double box pleats, a very long tail. Turned out that I was trying to make the pleats balance along the ‘side’ seam, which is [duh] at an angle. I started again, re pinned [and re-pressed several times], I drew on chalk lines…
One side went in easily, the other fought. And fought. And kicked and screamed and threw tantrums. I kicked back, we all swore, pins flew in all directions, and eventually I won. I have absolutely no idea why one was easy and one was nigh on impossible, maybe the gods of sewing are still a little piqued?
The tops of the pleats inside are roughly hand stitched in place, and then tidied up with a piece of lining silk folded across and stitched to the lining only. You can just about see more glorious Singer buttonholes, and the ‘cut glass’ buttons. Yummy.
Ten buttonholes, done in no time at all. I’ve grouped them in five pairs, just cos.
I had a nice little parcel today, a few patterns I ordered in a WeaverDee sale: look what I got for just over twenty squid!
Shirt dress, and fit & flare one are just for me, the tunics will work for both of us for the summer.
This little selection are all for the missus- she desperately needs a new coat for the winter, but I will also use it to make some sort of piratical steampunk thing for her. The western shirts are all zip front, and designed for stretch, so she will not get so wound up every time she bloats a little! We love Game of Thrones, but she isn’t planning a cosplay, I just think that the tunic dress will be great for Dawn, as she only likes dresses over trousers. She is very pleased with this lot! I’ve just ordered some rather gorgeous black linen and faux crocodile skin, which I think will be very cool for the Daenerys tunic…
Back to the tail bodice!
I played with the new method, and got this
It’s actually quite easy, and I know I’ll pick up speed. It isn’t as wasteful of ribbon length as some of the other trims, so will grow quickly. I started on the sleeves, and tried this
But have ended up with this rather tasty arrangement, using the glittery holographic stuff [which is also on the silver skirt], the lace edging, the pleated trim AND some velvet ribbon. Just look at this:
- My fingers are sore now, so I’ll do the rest tomorrow. Not a bad day, and a very productive Easter break I think.