Great news, everyone! Now that I have my mirror in place, I have fabulous extra potential for embarrassing myself online. Here’s a photo of me with a bust cup toile piece from Gertie’s Bombshell Dress. Look, Mom, no hands!
So this is where I’m at:
I’m using the thread tracing process for the first time ever. I can virtually feel the electricity coursing through my synapses with the novelty of learning new techniques. When you get to my age, you don’t often have the joy of discovering new stuff. Is that why we all love sewing so much? It takes us back to the classroom?
Anyway, this is what thread tracing looks like:
The lines traced and then sewn here are the seam lines. You make your own generous seam allowance for the toile, so that any adjustments are easily accommodated.
You pin along the seamline, carefully matching up each line of sewing on each pattern pieces, pinning along the line rather than perpendicular to it.
New experiences ticked off the list this week:
- Tracing pattern pieces with carbon paper and a serrated tracing wheel. What fun!
- Thread tracing.
- Balancing bust pieces on my bazoomas. More fun!
I believe the theory with thread tracing is that it enables extremely accurate sewing together of small pieces in a complex piece of construction. I must say, I can’t entirely get pieces to match up 100 per cent perfectly but I expect that comes with practise. (And isn’t that why I bought a nice, busy print for my first attempt at this dress?)
What do I think to Gertie’s course so far? I absolutely love it. But be warned – you will want everything Gertie owns. I spend a lot of time gazing at the monitor thinking, That’s a nice wrist pin cushion, I wonder where she bought it. They’re a nice pair of scissors, look how sharp they are. That’s a lovely wedding ring… Woah! Stop right there, little sister.
I’m also being introduced to supplies that wouldn’t look out of place in my boyfriend’s tool shed:
That corset is going to stay up! I still suspect I’m making a dress I will never or hardly wear, but I don’t care. I am loving the process. I never thought I’d bond with online video tutorials, but Gertie’s is great.
More as it happens!