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the joys of finished seams

I started work on my pannier yesterday.

I was going to work on new 18th century stays first but yesterday, while going through the stash, I discovered that I had over 12 yards of hoop boning (a lot more than I thought was there!). Then I found a sturdy white cotton, some twill tape and hoop connectors also in the stash and decided to just go for it since I had all the supplies I needed.

Per koshka_the_cat's example I'm using the Simplicity pattern. So far so good. The real point of this post though is to express the sentiment:

I HATE flat-felled seams!

It's not that they are hard or anything it's just the whole sewing seams twice thing. It's annoying and I get bogged down, bored and un-motivated quickly. French seams are the same. *sigh* I know I'll be happy I did it in the end though.

Okay enough whining, back to it!

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butterballbunny From: butterballbunny Date: August 21st, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC) (link)
The fact that you have that much boning and hoop connectors lying around innocently is pretty cute. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:10 am (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I haven't decided if it is really cool or just a bit sad! Half the boning is left over from our Civil War days (umm what 15 years ago?) and the other half given to me by a non-costumer who found it in her stash. I knew I had some but not that much!
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 21st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC) (link)
I hate them too!

Did you see how awful mine were? A lot of places they didn't even fold under so it was really just two seams next to each other.

I didn't use hoop connectors on mine. They're just a little long and sort of float in space. I was going to sew them together, but they worked fine as is :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:08 am (UTC) (link)
Oh good to know! I actually didn’t notice them. I think it's the only thing I didn't take a pic of too! When I read the directions my first thought was "did K do flat-felled seams?"! So sad, I'm such a groupie.

Good to know about the hoops. Now that I look at mine they are just end caps so I was planning on making mine longer to float too. Mom encouraged me to use something to finish the edge so that is all I really care about.
koshka_the_cat From: koshka_the_cat Date: August 22nd, 2008 02:43 am (UTC) (link)
Hee! But flat felled seams do work best--they're strong and don't get in the way when you put the boning in :)

And I used tape to finish the end. I wasn't ordering end caps just for that! I needed it done! But definitely, finishing the ends is a good thing :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 22nd, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah, I'd be using tape if I didn't have them on hand already... :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: August 22nd, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC) (link)
When the stash calls, you must answer!

I dont really mind the flat-felled seams. I dont like that they take longer, but I just *hate* unfinished seams.

Which reminds me, would you like flat-felled or french seams on your shift?
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: August 23rd, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC) (link)
Yes, I really am a lazy costumer at heart, I like finished seams but rarely put the effort in, unless the fabric really requires it.

Umm... I'm not picky, whichever you feel like doing. Have I mentioned lately how awesome you are? :>
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: August 25th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC) (link)
I know, I know, I am totally awesome. ;)
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