Before I start with fashions I want to share my ironing habits…well, the board cover and what I do to keep it nice. I see so many ironing board covers in blog photos and they are filthy… coffee stained and marked with old fusible interfacing and maybe that is OK if you are not sewing for clients but come on people…My ironing board cover is in use almost 24 hours a day as I sew during the night most nights. It is used for pristine wedding gowns and all sorts of other weird stuff being fused and pinned and in reality could look pretty shabby if I let it. For the past 10 years I have been buying my covers and pads here:
They are made from Nomex and can withstand very high heat (900 degrees F) without ever scorching but the best part is…they are machine washable…not that I would ever bother doing that but I do manage the next best thing.
You dust your furniture in your sewing room but I bet you never think of what is living and growing on your cover. My clients stand next to my board every day and it reflects my hygiene levels and how I will care for their dress. This cover is over 2 years old but looks new!
Let’s get to some ugly…how about a red bridesmaid dress bought over a year ago… the girl said it was a little tight. You know the next bit don’t you? The zipper stopped at her waist and was 8 inches apart at the top…so what I did next was to look inside and guess what I found? Massive wide altered seams and wadded up fabrics…OK…no biggie…but this was sold as NEW! Oh yes it WAS new at one time but someone wore it, had it altered at least once and then took it back to the store to be re-sold…IMAGINE!
No wonder the bust points were really “points” as the seam made such a sharp angle.
Thankfully they left in the boning even it they did cut it shorter.
Adding up the extra seam allowances we gained 5.5 inches and 1 inch at the bust seams so trying to find an extra 8 inches will not be too difficult even if I put in small narrow panels in the side seams.
Meanwhile, the much awaited baggy/fitted jacket has been delayed as my client has been ill so maybe another week or so to share the photos.
One good thing has been the return of Mr. Mole. He was off to the UK to visit his family and returned with a couple little presents for me. First is a pincushion from Tintern Abbey in Wales: and a gorgeous sterling silver pair of earrings from Lynn Kirsten Clarke:
With 11 wedding dresses already done, and waiting to be finished, 5 for July and 8 for August I won’t be venturing out of the sewing room for a while. Throw in some 22 bridesmaids done and who knows how many more will show up in a panic. This is the first year I have had to refuse to take some brides who have called with August dates…it is just not possible to alter so many and do it right.
Wishing you a perfect start to your summer/winter!