Jenny La Fleur
boning channels - Jenny La Fleur
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boning channels

Yesterday I sewed all the channels in my front pieces.

I decided to experiment with using temp basting spray rather than the pins and hand basting I've done in the past. It worked like a dream! My coutil pieces didn't shift or move one little bit. Yay! (I was careful to start with the longest center bones and to sew up and down in alternating directions too) I have to say I am loving working with the coutil so far. It really is fabulous stuff for foundation garments! :>

I used silk thread, since Bette, my sewing machine, didn't like the quilting thread I've used in the past. I like the silk thread alot though for this, it's so lovely to work with. *sigh*


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quincy134 From: quincy134 Date: February 24th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC) (link)
Cool! Glad to hear the basting spray works.

I've got some coutil for some new regency stays...I should get on those!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC) (link)
I was pretty jazzed - it saves SO much time! (and fingers sewing through coutil!)
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: February 24th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow--that's great to know! I can't wait to see the finished stays!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC) (link)
I adore temp basting spray - it's my new hero! :>
suededsilk From: suededsilk Date: February 25th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC) (link)
Temporary adhesive spray is the bestest sewing invention ever! :) I've used it for everything from flatling to holding fabric in place for covered buttons and belt buckles. Love it!

The stays looking promising! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC) (link)
Yes whoever invented it should be sainted. Oh covered buttons - good to know!
vanityfairy From: vanityfairy Date: February 25th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC) (link)
How long does the basting spray stay put? And when you alternate directions, do you sew every other tunnel up/down, or do you sew up one side of the tunnel and down on the other?

I meant to start my Diderot in last night's sewing group, but when I got there I realised I'd printed two back pieces and no front - doh!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC) (link)
Not too long, I let a project sit two days and it was totally gone when I picked it up again. For maximum stickiness, particularly something like stays, I would apply it just before you start. I sprayed then sewed one piece at a time.

I try to start on the center bone, sew up one side of the channel then down on the other from the center to the edge. Then I come back and do the same on the other side. I've found it easier to have all the sewing continuous whenever possible. It's faster and you don't have to spend as much time tying threads. Kinda like chain piecing in quilting. :>
From: hohenstein Date: February 25th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC) (link)

I just bought some more coutil, I think it will get here in time for my planned sewing blitz next month.

girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: February 26th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC) (link)
So do you draw the design on one piece and then stitch it to a bigger piece of fabric? If so, thats brilliant!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: February 27th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC) (link)
Yes, exactly. Once the rest of my fabric comes in I'll use the sewn coutil as my pattern to cut the lining and fashion fabric so everything lines up beautifully for binding.

It really is brilliant, isn't it? I wish I could take credit but I totally pinched it from Mara Reilly. Dude I love the internet!
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