Just because you have “Bridal” on your business card does this mean a darn thing?
My neighbor who likes to wear trendy clothes asked if I could “fix” a recent purchase of his after it ripped on the first wearing. I said I would take a look and within a second he was reaching over our back fence with his sad Tommy Bahama silk shirt. It ripped right in the center of the yoke where it joins the embroidered back panel. Once I opened it up this is what I found:
You can see where the fabric just gave away and left only the vertical warp threads of this delicate silk. I sure did not want to just sew it lower down and cause the back panel to be pulled up into the yoke and give the man a Quasimodo back to his shirt so fusible interfacing to the rescue:
With an inch wide strip cut lengthwise for extra stability and no stretch this should give a nice backing to protect the frayed edge and prevent it happening again. Next I pinned this section to the inside yoke facing: and then placed the outside yoke over the stitching line and topstitched through all 3 layers. The finished project looking like nothing ever happened in the first place:
So next time your man thinks he needs a $120 silk shirt to swan around in, go ahead and buy one but ask the guy to at least pull his shirt up in the back when he sits down or this may be his fate…a little stress on silk will cause it to tear horizontally.
Also this week I got a call from a little baby voiced girl who said she “had made a blanket for her skateboarding boyfriend and her friend’s sewing machine broke just when she was ready to sew up the ends of the blanket” and could I quote her a price. She said it should only take 5 minutes…well 5 minutes might run $3 so she said “Awesome, I will be right over.” Now you all are ready for the project, right?
Guess what walked in the door?
To start with she had purchased a polyester queen sized flat satin sheet in red and had skateboard logos screen printed on it. Then she bought a black polyester queen satin sheet for the back and finally a roll of batting to go inside. Along with this collection of great potential was 3 yards of black polyester satin fabric from JoAnn’s with a drawing of the finished measurements on a scrap of paper from the fabric cutter on duty. Can you guess what was next? She says all I have to do is cut all four of the 9 inch wide satin binding strips, sandwich the batting inside the 2 satin sheets, attach them somehow and attach the binding and embroidery her name in one corner….all in 5 minutes…simple, no?
Never mind, that I have NEVER made a quilt nor have any desire to do so, so I guessed at a price and time…what a joke. This was going to turn out to be one of those life lessons I hate to keep learning over and over. The next day I decided I should call a friend, Sandi Benfield, who makes quilts day after day and she told me about laying all this flat and making tacks every 9 inches or so to hold the sandwich together and how she wished she could help but didn’t get down unto the floor anymore. She may have muttered a “God Bless You, you fool” under her breath but was encouraging and said I was a brave girl working with slippery satin on satin and no prior knowledge of what the hell I was doing.
That afternoon I spread all layers across my sewing room floor and knelt on the layers and put safety pins every 12 inches or so where the tacking might occur to keep the batting from bunching up during washings. Thinking about a skateboard adolescent I doubted whether it would EVER be washed in it’s lifetime. Once the pins were intact, I rolled the whole mess up into a tube and realized this was just a bridge too far.
The next day I cut four 9 inch wide strips 108 inches long for the binding. Choosing NOT to miter corners I decided to sort of make a frame instead doing the long edges (108 inches) and enclosing those with the short ends (92 inches) and topstitching after attaching from the wrong side and flipped to the right side. Did you know that batting inside 2 layers of satin like to bunch up as you sew??? OH MY, I sure did lots of controlled holding and sewing and swearing to keep everything flat and in the end this was the result:
What else has passed through my front door this week??? Two new brides, an opera singer with 2 dresses, a policeman needing a quilted lining for his flak jacket and more bridesmaids along with custom sewing from scratch…whew… what a start to the summer season!
Her’s hoping that you avoid ANY slippery satin fabrics this week or slippery clients!