Hi all... the deadline is getting near, and progress is not as fast as I want! Although, I think it is at least as fast as I need.
Silk double georgette has surprised me. It doesn't fray much, it doesn't shift as I sew it, and it presses nicely. The silk crepe de chine is somewhat more delicate - I sense that it might tear if it were under stress (wouldn't we all). However, it also cuts easily and has minimal fraying. I'm learning not to fear fancy fabrics!
I've been doing lots of pressing (with silk organza and a spray bottle full of water). It's satisfying, and it makes such a difference to the final product. Who would have thought using the iron would be enjoyable?
There has also been plenty of thread-tracing. This is tedious at best. I have to have lots of breaks, because I have no comfortable place to sit! It's either cross-legged on the floor, or at my slightly-wrong-height dining table. I do as much as I can in 15 minute blocks, then I stretch... Thankfully, this part of the job is over now.
The next step was machine-basting underlining to fashion fabric. First, I thread trace the underlining piece. Then I pin it (in the seam allowance) to the fashion fabric, which is pulled taut. Next, I cut around the whole thing, and carefully relocate it to my sewing machine.
The machine basting is done in the seam allowance. Hopefully I can leave it there to minimise fraying. The pinking shears will then be used to reduce the width of the seam allowance. I don't have an overlocker, so that isn't an option. I also think overlocked seams may show through to the outside of this flimsy fabric. The garment will be fully lined, so there won't be any loose threads anyway.
There is an additional gathered layer to go over the two layers photographed above - the bodice ultimately has four layers of fabric. While I was/am a little worried about show-through of my underwear, it will probably be fine. The skirt only has two layers of fabric though, so it will be nude knickers for me... and possibly a half-slip.
Have you tried any new techniques or materials in your hobbies lately?