I got a lot of work done on the cape today. It has six godets. Four are pretty narrow, and two are really wide. I did a lot of topstitching along the godets, so that took up much of my sewing time. Also, this fabric, a coated raincoating, is mighty touchy with buttonholes. The pattern calls for two buttonholes, through which you thread the waistband ties. I tried everything I knew to get the damned things to work, but they skipped stitches like a son of a gun. So I decided, since no one is going to see them, to just stitch two small rectangles on either side of the center front. The fabric doesn’t fray, so it should work just fine.
I topstitched along the godets. This fabric is a beautiful copper color. I did some test stitches with a matching thread, but they just got lost, so I decided to use plain black thread. It gives a very subtle contrast, which I like.
I still have to put the casing in, which I’ll do on my lunch hour tomorrow. Right now it looks a little “Bwaa haaa haaa!” without the casing. Then I will have to stop until I can get the zippers in New York this week.
Tip: How to De-wrinkle Fusible Interfacing
There are neckline facings for this cape which require interfacing. Today I pulled my interfacing of choice (shameless plug time – Pro Weft Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply is the BEST) from the drawer, and it was wrinkled. Ideally, you want wrinkle free interfacing, but we all know that storage and time, and shuffling things around in tight spaces can cause your interfacing to end up a bit of a mess, right? The problem is, you can’t iron iron-on interfacing. So how do you get the wrinkles out? I have a couple of ways, that don’t involve turning my bathroom into a steam room (though that works too). First, if you have a steamer, hang your interfacing over a coat hanger in a single layer, with the glue facing out and steam the wrinkles out. If you don’t have a steamer, you can use your iron and ironing board. Lay your interfacing, glue side up, on your ironing board. Keeping your iron about a half inch above the board, steam the bejeezus out of it.
The wrinkles come right out. It only takes a few minutes, but it makes a huge difference between trying to wrangle wrinkly interfacing and having a smooth application.
Now a brief word about 9/11.
I hope you all hug someone you love today. 9/11 is the Pearl Harbor of our generation. It changed the world in ways that we are still trying to comprehend. I got engaged at Windows on the World. I lost a colleague on AA 11. And ultimately, this day ten years ago was the catalyst that helped me decide to leave high tech and start my own business. Nothing will erase the images of death, and especially the horror of seeing doomed people hanging from and jumping from those towers. But the bad guys didn’t win. They just steeled our resolve.
I hope you hold those dear to you close in your hearts.
I’ll post pictures as this progresses. And I’ll post pictures of the Pippa dress this week too.