Week after week I ramble on about fittings and brides and all sorts of nonsense from my sewing studio but Mr. Mole has reminded me that something he has done for me went unmentioned. So today he has his time in the spotlight.
Last year, I finally bought a real professional steamer and while it works fine it made me realize that I cannot steam dresses while they are hanging flat against a wall if I want maximum fluff. I needed something like a pole in the middle of the room to hang them and steam in a circle. Thankfully, Mr. Mole is quite inventive and said he could hang a pole kitty-cornered (diagonal) across the far end of my room where the dresses hang on huge hooks which he also installed for me above the door jambs. To solve the problem of how to mount a pole across a 90 degree corner, he said he would find something at the local hardware store. He arrived home with flag brackets…they really fit the bill as the walls, like most, are not really 90 degrees. Here are the brackets: and the pole in position: Now all dresses can be steamed in the round and swiveled and allowed to dry…what a honey of a hubby I have! Take a bow!!!
Last week a client brought me 14 garments that she bought when she had lost weight last year and now that she has gained some of it back, all the clothes need letting out/adding to just to be wearable. Most still had the tags on them. One particular denim dress was a challenge. It required 3 inches of extra ease all around to get the center front zipper to close. I was able to steal a horizontal strip from the hem and work it vertically into the side seams like a huge long wedge and top stitch the whole thing to blend in with the other seams. The only other problem was letting out the lining which was easy and wide enough but the armhole facing was too narrow:
I hand sewed a patch of lining into the gap and understitched everything down so nothing shows from the right side and her friends will never know she grew out of the dress before it’s debut this Spring.
Before I leave you, have you ever thought about how lines affect your mood or balance? I watched a show called Yogi Cameron where they were helping a woman redecorate her front room with cheerful uplifting colors and they brought in someone who was a line specialist…it seems that the brain likes either vertical or horizontal lines and finds one more pleasing that the other…who knew? So to make this a reality in my 24 hour occupied sewing room I draped a small baby quilt over my TV in both directions to see which one suited me best.
You may laugh but try it and see if one makes you calmer…and then when you have to select new blinds for your windows you can pick the correct directional aspect.
Which one made me calm and happy and relaxed? The horizontal one let my brain coast along slowly and took my mind to lovely landscapes at the seashore…Lordie, I could almost hear the waves!
The vertical one was jarring and dominate saying “Get up…follow me”… luckily for me I already have horizontal blinds in my sewing room.
Can it almost be March already? Wishing you all happy almost-Spring sewing and fun Mardi Gras /Fat Tuesday next week!