Even though work is supposed to be a four letter word, for me it's the other four letter word R E S T!!! I can lose myself in my work creating what some have called "works of art", to me they are simply a body covering brought to life by the wearer. Yesterday I worked on the mother of the bride's dress putting some finishing touches on the gown, the only thing left is the hem and I can't do that until the final fitting with the proper shoes.
I also cut the wedding gown in the the beautiful silk peau de soie in an ivory. I will be underlining it with a cotton/poly broadcloth which will keep it from wrinkling quite as much as without any underlining. This morning my task is to hand baste the two layers together inside the seam allowances rather than tailor basting in the usual manner, I'm afraid removing the thread will leave a hole in the fabric where the thread was.
This fabric presented quite a conundrum; tailors usually trace the pattern pieces on to the fabric, pinning inside the seam allowance to avoid the issue of leaving behind pin holes (custom patterns don't usually have seam allowances included). Seems like a great solution except that with fabrics that have a sheen the waxy dissolving chalk leaves behind a grease mark when pressed, which is worse then the pin holes..... What does one do in this instance?
I chose to use few pins on the paper pattern very close to the seam allowance then chalking in the cutting lines, even if there is a mark it will most likely be trimmed off so no harm done. The fabric itself is a gorgeous Italian silk with nice hand and just the right amount of sheen making a very elegant wedding gown.
Now it's off to work! Have a great day.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"