By now the wrapping paper is collected into the empty Amazon boxes and ready for the trash pick-up today. My dear husband surprised me with a new book that was not on my Amazon wish list and it is wonderful!!! Simply called “Fashion” but it covers 3,000 years of what we humans have been wearing and who inspired it. When I was working on my fashion design degree, the history of fashion was one of the required subjects and back then it was a superb way to link fashion and the art of the great masters and also understand the links between countries. Later, I sold the textbook and wished I had kept it. This book just replaces it and more! Try browsing through 480 pages of beautiful photographs and drawings and not be inspired!
The other book I received was one I had mentioned on an earlier post, “Over-Dressed” about the high cost of cheap fashion.
Yesterday being Christmas, I made time for me and that meant not sewing for clients…it was weird…no pinning, no client whining, no fussing, no clients showing up late for appointments, no mad dashes of clients down the hall to the bathroom after visiting a Starbucks to buy a large latte. It was just me and my British hubby splitting a small bottle of champagne and orange juice (mimosas) to start the day while he made calls to all his family in the UK.
The day before it was a different story with many clients still dropping off clothes to be altered for New Year’s Eve parties. There were lined sequined pants ( 2 identical pair) similar to the link that had to be hemmed.
The pants involved the usual problems with sew-on sequins…cutting the fabric with scissors you don’t care about since the metal circles will destroy good blades and then the fallout of those little critters on EVERYTHING in the sewing room. The hems and all seams allowances were bound with a double Georgette strip of bias binding which had to be carefully removed and replaced to hem them. You can see the steps in this series of photos. After the client has left I made a red thread basting line where the new fold line will be. Then I determined the depth of the new hem (between 1- 1.5 inches) and thread traced that in green as that will be the cutting off line. By using 2 different colors of thread on my work I don’t get confused and the green one is always the final step.
Can you see the little bits of sequins on the ironing board? It seemed like hundreds more hit the floor and sofa where I was working…lovely…get the vacuum! The leftover strips could be made into a headband.
Once the bias binding is replaced, that edge is hand sewn to the back of the fabric. There is a double Georgette lining which will be hemmed up as well and French tacks added. At some point you realize that 2 hours have gone by but there is no way to charge that amount for the work. I chalk it up to another of life’s lessons learned and charge one hour. Now I have one more pair just like this to duplicate.
For those of you who want to know how that peachy wedding dress is coming along…here’s a shot of the progress from the wrong side: The patch was made from the crosswise fabric I cut off the hem of the satin and pieced together lengthwise to get this weird shaped patch. It has been stitched and serged and next time I will have everything finished as the bride is leaving town the end of the week. Fingers crossed her January 5th wedding date will be the last of this season.
Thank you to all who have been leaving comments and having a laugh with me. Checking your blogs has been great for me to expand my knowledge and see the diversity of what it means to love sewing and let it be your creative outlet. I wish you all a quieter week to enjoy your presents and make some resolutions for 2013…you already know mine…less alterations and more fun…oh and for those of you who live locally and have been asking about my swollen knee issue…the MRI showed a torn meniscus, fractured patella/kneecap (how did that happen?) and lots of edema (fluid). Surgery will be scheduled as soon as I can get in to see the orthopedic surgeon.
P.S. Just a link to the history of sequins given to me by my hubby: