So I’m working on the costumes again (seeing as the Ren Faire is next weekend).
Friday night’s main project was the sleeves on my dress. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I REALLY HATE SLEEVES. HATE. Easing them in is a royal pain, and in this case, there’s an under and over sleeve. Now the instructions told me to baste them together, then ease them into the bodice, but I hate unnecessary steps, so I just pinned the sleeve layers together, and then pinned them into the bodice. That went smoothly – surprisingly. No, what I failed to account for was the fact that I’m working on a table machine…a machine that does not have an arm that will allow the sleeve to roll around the stitching, making life much much easier.
Nope, I’ve got one of these:
when what you really want when working on a sleeve is one of these:
So of course, I get one sleeve in with a minimum of agita (I had to run over one of the seam joints a few times because the allowance was off and was leaving a TEENSY hole in the underarm which would have driven me nuts) and move on to the next sleeve. I get it on the machine, and it jams about 1/2 inch in. I go to remove the fabric and have a minor attack bobbin situation (the one where you can pull the fabric away, but it looks like hell). So I sit back, rip it out, check the tension and the bobbin and prepare to start over. Thinking that it’s possibly because I was trying to start at the seam joint (so not just 3 layers of linen, but with the seams too) I move to a neutral point on the back of the shoulder seam. It jams again. This time in full blow attack bobbin form – took scissors to remove the fabric from the machine, then a good 5 minutes to clean out the screwed up thread from the seam. Okay, on to attempt number three – it jams immediately again. So I cut it loose and rip it out and pull the bobbin out. I stripped the bobbin (about half wound still) and rewind. Rewinding also being a pain because this is an old machine, so I wind my bobbins by hand. And yes I know they make bobbin winders, but why should I pay $30 dollars for something that takes me almost no time to do for free? Anyway, I reload, rethread and reset the machine – vowing to stop for the night if it jams again.
Thank God, I got the sleeve in. Now, in a panic, I decide to try it on so I can check that I actually managed to get the sleeves in correctly (mentally deciding that if they were wrong I was going to murder something or someone). I slip into it, and thankfully it was all good. Sleeves were in, they were even, and I have a feeling that the multi-layer is going to make me happy come the first weekend in October in Michigan.
After this lovely debacle, I decided to take a quick break before I rolled the collar and back seam where the grommets are going. Oh yes, that’s another thing. Burda, I love you and all, but why in all holy hells would I want to make BUTTON HOLES up and down the damned back and sleeves instead of using a grommeter and having a more secure tie??? I mean for real here. Button holes are WAY more time consuming and anger inducing, and I think grommets hold better. And frankly, I don’t give a rat’s ass if it’s not historically accurate – neither is my sewing machine (though there are days when it feels pretty close).
After the break, I took care of the collar and the back opening.
All I have left is the hem, grommets and then I’m done! And I guess I’ll trim Kris’ and give his hood its button…
Here’s where the dress is at as of Friday night:
And of course I’ll post pictures of the final product, as well as Kris’ final product. Maybe even some pictures of us in them 😉