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 on: April 17, 2017, 09:24:16 AM 
Started by Elaine M - Last post by Elaine M
Liz, it's a cotton.  Not as light as a shirtingl

Jessamyn, I am very intrigued by the tube idea!  I'm thinking it might give the ruching some more bulk, which is what I read on the original trim. 


 on: April 16, 2017, 05:07:45 PM 
Started by Elaine M - Last post by Jessamyn
I would only pink edges on something that was very tightly woven and was very dressy. Pinking frays. I'm trying to think if I've seen any pinked wools in this period, and drawing a blank. And yours is cotton? I would definitely not pink.

My machine has a narrow-hemming foot that does a pretty good job on this kind of thing. I wouldn't use it for the edge of a white collar or anything like that, but for straight strips of trim with a pattern to them it's the bee's knees.

Another period way to approach this kind of trim is to make a sort of flattened bias tube. I say "a sort" of tube because it's not like a modern stitch-right-sides-together-and-turn kind of tube. You cut a bias strip a little more than twice as wide as your finished trim. Press under a narrow allowance on one edge, then lay it right side down, fold the raw edge in just past the middle, fold the pressed-under edge over the raw edge to hide it, press the whole thing flat, and slip-stitch the p ressed-under edge over the raw edge. That is now the underside of your trim.

This trim looks to have been done that way:

 on: April 16, 2017, 03:51:59 PM 
Started by Elaine M - Last post by Elizabeth
I like it! And blame the collar on Helen, of course. OH HELEN. Cheesy Yoked dresses are lovely!

 on: April 16, 2017, 03:50:51 PM 
Started by Elaine M - Last post by Elizabeth
This looks like it's got a dark edge, which could indicate it is on-grain and cut to have the edge fall on the darks, or that a fine silk ribbon (non-satin) is folded over the edge.

Remind me your textile? I'd hesitate to do a full rolled hem, but perhaps a folded-once hem, hand-stitched, could work. Not bulky, not too stiff.

 on: April 16, 2017, 01:22:05 PM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by Jessamyn
Elaine -- hee hee hee!  Grin

 on: April 15, 2017, 08:37:50 AM 
Started by Elaine M - Last post by Elaine M
Now that the yoked bodice is complete, I would like to tackle the trim on the sleeve of my inspiration dress.  I believe the sleeve to be a bishop.  There is a line of ruched or pleated trim down the outside.

Should I cut it on the bias, pink the edges, and leave it soft?  Or should I needle roll both sides?  You DO know which answer I'm hoping for, don't you?   Cheesy



 on: April 15, 2017, 07:48:15 AM 
Started by Elaine M - Last post by EKorsmo
Washable dresses take just as much work as the other sort. And those pleats are very neat!

 on: April 15, 2017, 07:46:46 AM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by EKorsmo
Thanks everyone.

 on: April 14, 2017, 09:48:16 AM 
Started by EKorsmo - Last post by Elaine M

It's only licentious if you twirl the tassels.  Which I never ever do.  Of course.


 on: April 14, 2017, 09:34:03 AM 
Started by Elaine M - Last post by Elaine M
My first time ever posting a brag.  There are times I feel a wash dress isn't brag worthy, but I was happy with this. A yoke bodice in a black and white checked cotton.   Please, please, please ignore the collar.  It turned out dreadfully but I needed one "right then."

Elaine Masciale

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