For any of you who hadn’t picked up on this, my recent make of the Cambie Dress was what’s known as a diversionary tactic. I was scared of continuing with my make of the V4934 without Sunny Gal by my side.
Like all good teachers, Beth knows when to give a gentle prod. ‘How’s the dress coming along?’ she emailed. And like the good student that I am, I snapped to attention. There was no avoiding it – progress alone was the next step.
So today I began, taking on board all the lessons that I learnt in San Francisco along with a few extra encouraging words from Beth.
For the first time in my sewing career, I am using tailor’s tacks.
I am marking the wrong side of my fabric with a nice big fat cross in chalk, so that I don’t forget which is the wrong side.
This is very special chalk, gifted to me by Beth. It’s White Wax Tailor’s Chalk that melts away when an iron is applied. UPDATE: This chalk won’t work on all fabrics. In particular, be wary of using it on silk, satin or polyester.
It’s so, so clever. I’d share a snap of the fabric with a disappeared chalk mark, but that picture is up there with ‘Most Boring Sewing Blog Photo Ever’. This stuff is truly wonderful and clever, though. If you’re interested in buying some of your own, I found an Ebay link here.
I’ve traced wax dots onto silk organza for the placement of the SIX darts involved in this skirt. And did I mention the supplementary gathers? Yet, the final result will be a fairly simple pencil silhouette – intriguing.
And, finally, I’m hand basting silk organza underlining to the fashion fabric.
I was tempted to complete this step on my lap in front of the TV last evening, but then I heard Beth’s voice ringing in my ears: ‘Work on the flat, Karen!’ And to be honest, you really need good light for this type of work. By good light, I mean daylight.
I’m not going to rush this make. If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.
Baby steps, baby steps.