Yes, I’m concerned about the bubbling on that interlining, too.
Whilst I continue to avoid the terrifying challenge of making bound buttonholes on my V8548 coat, I have been keeping myself busy with a couple of other tailoring techniques.
I’ve added a calico back stay, pictured above, following Sewaholic’s fabulous tutorial. I’ve become such a fan of calico (muslin to US readers) since I started sewing. It’s affordable, unpretentious, and essential. I’ve found it a good idea to always have a stock on hand. Tilly recently raised the point that calico has become expensive because of rocketing prices at source. Here’s my top tip: go to Saeed Fabrics from Walthamstow market (or your local fabric supplier) and ask for some curtain lining fabric. It’s really cheap and just straightforward unbleached cotton. More than adequate for a person’s needs.
I’ve also made some sleeve heads, following instructions from the updated Clare B Shaeffer’s ‘Couture Sewing Techniques‘. I’m so glad to finally have used this book and justify the outlay! I tend to rely heavily on blog tutorials.
Sleeve heads prevent the top of the sleeve from collapsing. They don’t aim to change the shape, just maintain it. I felt this was a good technique to use on my coat as the cashmere wool does have some give in it.
Here are the sleeve heads pinned onto the seam line, which I marked with chalk:
Neat, huh? I mean, I don’t actually know what I’m doing so if any of my readers are sleeve head experts, do let me know if I’m going wrong anywhere. There IS a deliberate mistake in this photo – let me know if you spot it!
By the way, am I the only person this regularly happens to:
Every time I buy new chalk, I drop a piece. As day follows night, that’s the routine. The chalk smashes into smithereens and basically becomes unusable. Should I be buying chalk pens instead? Advice, please!