Monday, May 7, 2012
Skirt in Waiting
Yes, another 1912 Project pattern.
But I can't work on it yet. And because I can't work on it yet, I want to. As much as I want to work on anything right now, which admittedly isn't much because I've had house trauma for the past couple of days. (Nothing too awful, considering what the house has done to me before, and it's all repaired now, but I'm thinking I might have sealed my mojo up in the new drywall I hung in the living room. Oops.)
But to the skirt. Do you love the scallops? I love the scallops. The scallops, however, are going to be an absolute bitch to sew, because they require yet another mile of bias trim.
The instructions state to cut the scalloped portion of the skirt, and then to cut the scallop facing. Then, instead of what you would normally do with a facing - right sides together, sew seam, turn, press - you put the wrong sides together, and baste the two layers so they approximate the finished garment. This eliminates all the bulk of the turned seam, which is wonderful (can you imagine how picky it would be to turn all those scallops?) but instead you bind all those scallops with bias trim. Obviously this must be done by hand, because you can't (or at least I can't) miter bias trim and sew it properly by machine.
I have a few fabric options in mind, but nothing is calling loudly enough that I'm reaching for the shears. PR Weekend is coming, you see, and I'm hoping that at Pacific or M&J or some other wonderland I will find a bias trim that is not cotton, not boring, and not made by me.