At the eleventh hour of my make on the V8548 coat, I decided I needed hem weights for the corners of my coat hem. There can be a slight tendency for these corners to curl, I think because of fabric bulk – several elements come together here.
By this stage, I was so close to the finish line that I could almost hear the champagne corks popping. I really didn’t want to hold things up for days by having to order in new supplies.
I knew immediately that I had two options. I could go to MacCulloch & Wallis in central London, but that would be a two-hour round trip. Or I could pop by my local favourite haberdashery shop in Walthamstow.
You can guess what I did…
This place is amazing. It just has so much stuff – and all at incredibly cheap prices. (Except a name. The shop doesn’t really have a name, which is frustrating for blog links!) It caters largely for people making saris, so has some really unusual braids and trims. I figured that people making saris probably care about the hang of their dresses, so I hoped they’d be able to help me with hem weights. They came up trumps.
I bought a metre of running weights for £1 and a bag of four penny weights for £1.20. I think they’re both lead. I was pretty confident the penny weights were what I needed, but bought both options just in case. I mean, at that price…
In the end, I only added a penny weight to the corner of the front overlapping hem. (When I added one to the hem fold sitting at the back, it dragged the corner down, making the hem peek and spoiling the line.) It was a simple job to open up the coat corner and tack the penny weight to my interlining. The difference it makes is small, but keeps me happy. Does anyone else have experience of working with hem weights or any advice to give on this topic? I was really just making this step up as I went along.
The penny weight in my coat should make airport security an interesting experience. I’ll let you know what happens on my trip up to Edinburgh for the Crafters Ceilidh!