I'm so far behind in posting. My blog is shamefully neglected. I need a class in time management.
The MarciTilton jacket I've been working on is(was) almost finished. Problem: there is a big old diagonal pleat in the back peplum. It sticks out like a sore thumb on my behind. So, I took the pleat out, which would be fine, except that I used a stripe fabric, and the peplum is cut rather angular, making the stripes look wonky. So, I put it in the closet until I feel like trying to work out a solution. It's just one of those things. If I were to make the jacket again, I would take the pleat out before cutting the fabric. And it would not be a stripe. I still like the basic cut, and sometime I'll probably try it again. Meanwhile---
At September's Needlework and Textile Guild of Michigan, we were honored to have a class by Bernina Fashion Show participant, MichelleMitchell. She sews art garments, and is an award winner several times. The class she taught is called "Crinkled and Gathered". We started with several 1-1/2" strips of fabric, sew together--as if you were strip piecing a quilt. On that fabric, you free-motion stitch in a zig-zag pattern, going across an area of about 2" at a time, and down the length of the fabric. That is repeated across the width. As you sew in that fashion, the fabric starts to bunch up, crinkle and gather. Here is what the fabric looks like with one layer of thread stitched on top. (The white fabric is "handles" you use to maneuver the fabric from side to side.)
From it, you can cut details of a garment, like collars, cuffs, pockets, etc. It was a great class. Also a big time-suck. I'm glad I know it though, because it may be exactly what I need sometime.
2 weeks ago