Monday, August 6, 2007

The job at hand . . .

I've been procrastinating long enough. I need to get down to making my gown since it is for this Saturday. When I went to G-Street yesterday, I ended up buying enough organza to completely underline the entire gown. The charmeuse just doesn't have enough body and it's too drapey. My concern is how to attach the underlining to the silk. Typically I would just machine stitch the pieces together but that charmeuse will just slip and slide everywheree. I've been reading up on basting sprays used for quilting, but I'm really afraid to use something like that on fine silk. I found some fabric glue sticks so I think I will just dab that around the edges of the pieces of the organza to hold the pieces together. I've also decided that I will stitch one selvedge and cut edge of the organza and charmeuse yardage together and cut the pieces at the same time. I think it will be easier to manage the charmeuse that way. Last year I made this gown out of charmeuse:

It drove me nuts with all the slipping and sliding--though not nearly as nuts as the beaded fabric for the yoke! It is stunning, but a pain in the ass to sew!

As soon as I finish this blog post, I will cut out my muslin. I've pressed the pattern pieces and made some adjustments then I will spend tomorrow fitting. Wednesday, I will cut out the dress and then I can spend Thursday and Friday sewing. Saturday, if things go as planned, I should only need to bustle the gown and possibly hem it. I'll post photos when it's done!

Bushism of the day:
"Actually, I --" this may sound a little West Texas to you, but I like it. When I'm talking about --" when I'm talking about myself, and when he's talking about myself, all of us are talking about me." --George W. Bush, Hardball, MSNBC, May 31, 2000

Kitty Cam:
Bar knows what to do on a hot day!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so impressed by the other gown you made - would love to see finished photos of it. No suggestions on the current issue at hand, never having made any evening dresses.

    I showed one of my co-workers your blog the other day as she also can't stand GWB - she loved the countdown and Bushism of the day. So you may have a new (non-knitting!) reader.