A while back a reader asked me to list the tools I use. Eventually I will have a page with many of them featured but here are a couple that make life easier for me.
But the one pair that I could not live without is one I purchased a year ago. They are the 8 inch lightweight nylon version. What they don’t state is that one blade edge is almost micro-serrated and what this does is hold slippery fabrics and cuts through tulle like a dream. I spend hours sitting on the floor with the wedding dresses fitted unto mannequins so I can trim tulle and netting under the satin hems. These scissors just hold unto the tulle just right to make a straight line. Being lightweight they don’t make my hand tired either.
Another tool I have used for years and years is moleskin. It has a fuzzy side and a sticky side that you can buy in the foot care section of your drugstore.
I cut a small square or circle and attach it to my middle finger to push the needle through hours and hours of hand sewing like re-attaching lace borders. I have tried tons of thimbles over the years and they are just for me. I have seen recently that quilters can buy little pre-cut circles to attach to their fingers in the notions area of fabric stores.
Speaking of lace borders/hems…another reader asked me to post a tutorial so with the last dress I worked on I managed to make a Pinterest list of the steps that I use. Now mind you, there probably is another way to do this crappy labor intensive task but this is just my way of dealing with it…here. The steps are numbered in sequence although #14 pops up first instead of last.
You all know I am fussy about where bust darts should end and I just go crazy when I see photos on blogs where the darts end over the nipples!!! Ladies, darts have a job…they release fabric where it is needed and that has to be 1.5 or more inches away from the bust apex/point. So here is a gadget you can make at home to keep handy when altering your paper patterns. Find a plastic lid from a yoghurt or butter container (mine cam from some shredded cheese). Draw a circle with a 1.5 inch radius or 3 inches across. Trim away the excess and poke a hole in the middle…voila’ now you have a special dart limiting tool! Place the hole over your carefully plotted out bust point on the paper pattern and back those pesky darts back to where they should end!
Now for the final thing…the Twit…a woman dropped off a dress she was going to wear to a wedding reception and wanted to ask me about all the gowns that were hanging up and waiting to be finished. I told her that sometimes a bride will come for her final fitting and ask that I take in a waist an extra 1/8 of an inch just days before the wedding. While this seems frivolous I do my best to accommodate her as long as I am not having to mess with layers of linings etc which will run into more labor. That’s when this woman asked, “Don’t you ever just NOT do what she wants and tell her you did?” As I suppressed a righteous scream, I straightened myself up and declared, “NEVER!” What a crappy question to ask a professional and was I supposed to admit that, yes, I do cut corners and cheat my clients? Get real, Girl!
Now with the raised beds re-planted with winter crops and under cover it is Mother Nature’s job and my red worms to do their magic!
Nancy is coming over next week so we can finish up with her jacket muslin and move along…I am so excited! Happy sewing everyone!