Tiffers wrote:You looked fab and it sounds like you have had a great time!
Regarding victorian-ifying the pants for the suit, make them high waisted and fishtail the back, in the same way they do for pants which have buttons for braces (are they called braces or suspenders in the US?).
An example of a fishtailed pair of trousers.
http://www.tweed-jacket.com/TROUSERS%20 ... 20back.jpg
rajani wrote:Andrea, funny you should mention Project Runway. I have been watching that show a lot, not because it's a reality show, but because it's interesting to see what they do on a very short timeline with materials they don't expect to have to use. I've taken to calling my own sewing my "project runway" since a lot of it is uncharted territory for me. I finally figured out what to do with my silk dress.... it's going to be ruffles this time, edged with handmade silk bias tape. I've never made bias tape before so it was a bit of a learning process.... so far so good, though (it's turning out way better than I expected).
Have fun with your new project. Post some pictures. I'm curious to see what you come up with.
Andrea L wrote:Do you have a bias tape maker? Not the mechanical one but a manual one? It still takes a while, but it goes by much faster. I bought it before I had a serger to bind ruffled edges for my petticoat since it would be difficult to turn in and sew down the raw edges, but I almost had to have bought it for my corset.
rajani wrote:Yes, I have several sizes of bias tape makers. One I've had for about 20 years... just never tried to use it! It works pretty well, once I figured out the best way to iron while feeding the fabric through. I've made about 20 yd of it (this dress will use a lot) so far and I am SICK of making it but the way it's turning out on my ruffles is really beautiful The hardest part is ironing the second fold because the tape maker doesn't do that for you.
I don't have a serger yet, but I'm really hoping I can hint my husband into buying me one for Christmas...... (hope hope)
Andrea L wrote:Sergers are wonderful machines. I don't know how to do rolled hems or some of the other, fancier stuff on mine, but just finishing edges alone makes it worth the money. You can start dropping hints...like leaving sewing ads out with sergers circled. You know, things like that. ^_^
Erin wrote:Have you tried the continuous bias tape method? You sew your edges together once, cut on the bias, and voila! yard after fabulous yard of bias tape, already sewn together. Dread Pirate published the first one, but the one I linked to above has better in progress pics, and my old Dread Pirate link appears to be dead. Good luck!
ETA: Found it! Dread Pirate Roger's version - includes an estimate of how many yards you'll make based on fabric width, yardage, and tape width.
rajani wrote:I have seen this method elsewhere, but wouldn't using it preclude cutting multiple strips at once using a rotary cutter? So I guess it's trading one chore for the other. Right now, cutting a continuous strip with scissors is hard for me due to carpal tunnel, so sewing each bias seam is probably a better option.
It just requires a bit of creative fabric handling - you have to sort of roll the tube of fabric as you cut.
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