I love this photograph. It sums up one my most favourite aspects of sewing – the magical art of fabric manipulation. Sometimes it really does feel like magic!
Ever heard the saying about a large object meeting an immovable force? In sewing, the confrontation between two apparently inflexible surfaces does not need to be the end of the story. It can be the beginning. Or the middle. Part of the journey. I’m over reaching again, aren’t I?!
Look at these two pieces of fabric. That’s a back sleeve piece about to be attached to the back bodice at the armhole seam. The seam on the sleeve is 3cm – 3cm! – longer than the seam on the back bodice. It needs to be eased in. This is to accommodate the roundness of your shoulder. Breaking news – the human body is made up of curves and orbs, not straight lines! Artists know this.
The ease also gives your arm the room to comfortably move when you want to reach for another piece of chocolate. So, really, the moral of the lesson is: all sewing patterns are drafted around the human being’s need for chocolate. (Ah, that it was so.)
How does one ease a wider piece of fabric into a smaller piece of fabric? Pins. Lots of pins. Lots and lots and lots of pins and tiny little hillocks of fabric, as in the first photo. Looks like it shouldn’t work, doesn’t it? But if you’re careful enough and slow enough, it does. You don’t need a magic wand at all!
Eaten any good chocolate, lately?