Posts Tagged ‘satin’

I’m free!

December 21st, 2008 No comments

The dress is hemmed.  My satin torture is over.  I just need to wear the thing in the wedding, um, today.

Yes, some of the ladies were over and we spent a few hours reminiscing and drinking.  Pretty much equal on those.  I'm currently finishing up a glass of absinthe that one of them didn't like so much.  A small glass.  Really.

I did end up making jewelry.  I made a lovely triple strand necklace and matching earrings.  At this time it's still uncertain if I get to wear it or the bride.  She hasn't made up her mind.  Go figure.

Rehearsal was .. interesting.  The mother of the bride had very definite ideas on how the ceremony should go.  Let's just say that not all of them were heeded.  She didn't like that very much.

Now I'm off to bed so I can sleep for a few hours before all the pre-wedding festivities happen.  And of course, they all happen at my house so it's going to be a very interesting day.  It's an afternoon wedding so I should have the evening to recover.

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The satin is lurking, waiting …

December 20th, 2008 No comments

No, I haven't finished hemming my dress yet.

Yes, we got walloped with snow yesterday.

Yes, we made our spa day.  Mostly.  Only one masseuse made it in so only Karen got a massage since I wasn't going to make her sit around for an hour while I got mine.  She's the bride, after all.

We're supposed to get not only more snow but some terrible blizzard-like conditions overnight.  This is not going to help poor Karen's nerves.


I need to run my errands so I'm all set for tomorrow and then I'm home and working on my dress unless Karen calls to have me help decorate the hall.  There's a rehearsal and a rehearsal dinner tonight but those won't go late.

I'm still pondering making some jewelry.

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Satin? What satin?

December 19th, 2008 No comments

Tonight, I did nothing with my dress.  We had to finish decorating the tree and put up the Festivus Pole (long story) so that took things a little late in the evening.

I've been staying up later than I would like working on this so tonight I'm just going to relax and get to bed at a decent hour.

We're supposed to get walloped by a snow storm tonight (including thundersnow!) and I don't know if my friend is going to make it up here in time for our spa appointment.  If the weather is as bad as they say then quite probably not.  The Chicago Tribune's coverage is telling people to stay off the roads tomorrow unless absolutely necessary.  So that's all up in the air.

If we don't get our spa day, we don't get our spa day.  It happens.

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One down, one to go

December 18th, 2008 2 comments

The jacket is done!  All nice and tidy.  A bit long in the back since I didn't do any adjustments and don't know that I can do any adjustments, based on the design.  Oh well.  Maybe on the next one.

The dress alterations were so minor for the possible gain that as of now I'm not going to attempt them.  It looks like I need to shave some of the center back seam as well as possibly take some length off the back torso as well.  I'll get some of my sewing buddies to have a look and we'll talk about how to make the pattern fit better.  The front torso seems just fine – it's the back that's odd.  Lucky for me that's being covered by a jacket.

I did get the dress hem pressed so that will help tremendously with hemming.  I don't have to keep it pinned all the way around but I will put pins in at the seams just to make sure I'm not twisting it as I go.

The sleeves are hemmed.  You can ever so slightly see the stitches if you look for them but being careful and a good pressing makes them sink in decently enough.  There's no way I could do the blind hem (mentioned below) and not have it be very obvious.  I figure a good hour of work to get the hem done.  I'm being generous with my time estimate since I have to be more precise in how much of the outer fabric I pick up on my stitches.  Again, satin.

With any luck the whole thing will be done tomorrow and I can stop worrying about it.  I'm going to keep the pieces in my closet and maybe there will be a reason to wear them again in the future.  I don't know why, but maybe.  They don't scream 'bridesmaid' unless they're together and that's only because of the matching colors.  Mix it up and they should work as 'a nice dress'.

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So near the end of the satin

December 17th, 2008 No comments

Tonight I didn't have a lot of time to work on things but actually made some decent progress.  The shrug is almost complete.  I have the sleeve hems to sew and then just stitch up the opening I had to leave in the back so I could sew the sleeve hems.

I was able to get that far because before league I sewed up the underarm seams on the two pieces and pinned them together for the outer seam.

After league I spent a little time with Mr. Rastl (who got home VERY late because of the weather) then sewed up the outer seam and pressed it all in place.  It actually looks like a piece of clothing now.

The only machine sewing left are the sleeve hems and the alterations to the back of the dress.  Everything else is hand sewing and believe it or not that can go fairly fast.  Hems don't need to be stitched very small so you can cover some distance once you get in the groove.  Of course, having the seam itself well pressed makes it even easier since the piece just folds into place.

Once I try on the two pieces I'll get the final verdict about the overall look and then I'll know if I'm making the gold shrug or not.  Hopefully tomorrow I can get to that point, if Mr. Rastl is available.  He should be – it's not supposed to snow again until Thursday.

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The end of satin is in sight!

December 16th, 2008 No comments

As of tonight, all the raw edges of satin are enclosed on the dress.  This is good.  This means that it is almost done.  I quickly tried it on and found one thing that NEEDS to be altered.  The back neckline sticks out way funny.  Since the dress is completed at the neckline I can fix it with darts but I'll have to see how to alter the pattern so that doesn't happen again.  Depending on how far down the darts go I have a couple of options.  More on that in a later post, since the mechanics of pattern alteration are far beyond my typing abilities at the end of the evening.

So the dress needs a small alteration and the hemming.  I was goofing with the blind hem stitch on my machine.  Without going into too much detail this stitch lets you do hemming that is less visible than a straight line of stitching.  In a lot of cases that's quite good enough.  However, it isn't always and in this case it would annoy me more to see the blind hemming than it would to sit down and hand hem the thing.  I think.

I was able to get the lining for the shrug cut out this evening.  I had to – I needed the dress neck facings cut out of the same fabric.  So now the shrug and the lining are both sewn to the same point.  Except for the pressing the rest should go quickly.  Then I can see the two together (dress and shrug) and see if I want to make another shrug out of the gold brocade or not.  Given how quickly those go together I should be able to pull it off.

Mr. Rastl is talking about ornaments on Thursday.  That's OK – that leaves me Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to do hand sewing and get the two pieces completed.  Then if I want the gold one I can do that on Thursday evening.  Brocade isn't nearly as bad as satin.

I was considering stringing together some jewelry but I know that isn't going to happen.  There just isn't enough time.  Even if I did abandon the project and wore the other dress it's an odd enough neckline that I couldn't make the right thing.  I'd like to have tried it and technically I have Friday night so I'll keep it tucked away as an option.

I still need to get Mr. Rastl's opinion on how the dress looks.  He's got a good eye for that kind of thing.

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My rant about satin isn’t done yet

December 15th, 2008 No comments

As long as I have to sew it, I'm going to rant about it.  And yes, I have to sew it.

I did get the side back seams done and this time I basted all the side seams down at the armhole.  On the test dress I didn't do that and the front side seams didn't lay properly.  Requiring me to rip out and restitch part of the seam.  I'm not doing that here.

Tonight I was able to sew up the shoulders and the side seams.  So the body of the dress is complete.

I also sewed together the outer shell of the shrug, since I had it cut out.  That one is shiny side out and hopefully much easier.

I could have gotten the sleeves ready to be inserted but called it a night.

What's left?

The neck facing has to be cut out and inserted.  That will finish the neck.  Then the sleeves need to go in.  After that it's just hemming the sleeves and the dress itself.  I prefer to hand hem so it looks better.  So that's a little time on the couch doing hand sewing.  Nothing I haven't done before but I'll have to keep the cats and dogs off the dress.  Again, it's nothing I haven't done before.

I need to cut out said facings and the lining for the shrug.  That requires a flat surface.  I'm not sure if I'll set up my cutting table for this or not.  Possibly.  It doesn't take that long to set up but it does use most of the available floor space in the dining room.  I can get away with it for a little while and it sets up and folds back down quickly.

Luckily putting lights and garland on the tree falls to Mr. Rastl so I've got one more evening when I'm just supervising.  Then we work together putting on the ornaments.  By that time I should be in hand sewing mode so I can spend time with him as well as get work done.

Except that bad weather canceled the last league night which will be this week.  That takes a chunk of Tuesday.  And a chunk of Wednesday is taken by the last paint night of the year.  Thursday is free and I took all of Friday off for wedding prep.  So I do have time to get things done and not really rush.  Honestly!

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I still hate satin

December 14th, 2008 No comments

There's an end in sight but I'm still not having fun.  I take that back, I'm enjoying sewing again but just not on this fabric.

I didn't get nearly as much done yesterday as I had hoped because a friend called me and asked if she could come over and paint minis with me.  Twist my arm, why don't you?

So we painted minis all afternoon and chatted.  We hadn't done that in ages.  It was good.  I picked up one of my abandoned minis and got quite a bit done.  Since I had to fix the spots where he fell of the shelf a couple of times I didn't try to finish him.  But he's well on the way.

We're going to get the Christmas tree today so another chunk of my day is taken.  But the evening should be mine and with any luck I'll have it together and ready for hemming tomorrow.  I might try to work on the shrug but I'm not going to push it if it gets late.  I haven't cut out the lining yet.

The wedding is Sunday and then it's the holiday.  Hopefully after that's all over I can get back to my own schedule.

Oh, I was going to put a lot more into this post about sewing and some of the repetitive steps but couldn't figure out a way to make it entertaining.  I know that hasn't stopped me in the past.  This time I was good.

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I hate satin

December 13th, 2008 No comments

I've been remembering why satin is one of my least favorite fabrics to sew.  Rather than go into all the rather boring details as to why I'll just say that I hate how it handles, how it presses, how it folds, how it slides and how it makes me sneeze.

It doesn't play well with any of the sewing machines.

Did I mention it makes me sneeze?

I get satin strings and fuzz all over everything so it takes me half of forever to clean up after sewing it.

It slides off the ironing board.  It slides off the sewing machine bed.  It slides off whatever it's supposed to be staying on.

In a way I'm making it more difficult on myself since I'm using the dull (wrong) side as the 'right side' so the slippery stuff is facing slippery stuff.  In the normal course of events the dull sides would be together and provide a little more traction.

And since this dress has curved and fitted seams I can't use the sewing machine attachment that helps feed it evenly.  I already have one set of pieces 1/4 inch off.  I can hide that in the rest of the construction but it's still annoying.

Tomorrow I get to see just how bad the topstitching around the zipper is going to look.  Hopefully not terrible even though it will be covered by a jacket.

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