Jenny La Fleur
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working the wiggly
I worked hard yesterday, although I don't have much to show for it. Darn you wiggly fabrics!

I got the skirt and the outer layer of the foundation bodice cut out. My cream satin/damask fabric is lovely but 100% dead dino, including I suspect some rayon, and really wiggly. So that was a tedious process. Blah.

I also got the crinkle silk chiffon sleeve layer cut out, finally. At first I tried to use the old trick of ironing on spray starch to make the fabric stiffer and easier to handle but realized that not only was this fabric a pain to iron but the ironing was taking all the crinkle texture out. That made me nervous - trying to iron the crinkle out again once the piece was washed (so the layer would be the right size) didn't seem like a fun prospect. So I had to hand wash and air dry the chiffon so I could start over. It then took a lot of gentle steaming and futzing to get the chiffon to be a uniform size so I could cut out the pattern piece (part of which is on the fold). Dude! I am never buying crinkle silk chiffon again; I don't care how cool it looks!

On the good side, both of these fabrics have been in the stash for 10+ years. It feels really good to be using them (and to never have to deal with them again!)- yay!!

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bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: March 17th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (link)
I swear some fabrics are part fish, wriggling all around like that! One time I used a big sheet of pink foam big H had for hobbies and just pinned the fabric straight down into the foam to cut it out.

jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: March 18th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC) (link)
Tell me about it! You better believe I was pinning that fabric to my gridded board! When I was through with it that chiffon didn’t go anywhere… it was just getting to that point.
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