Sunday, May 26, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Trying to do a lining for the pleated skirting is something I have never had success with. On longer things like gentlemen's frock coats, you can kind of fudge it, as the length hides the fact that the pleats aren't acting as one layer. In something shorter like this, it just looks like it rides the short bus to school. I think I may have to go back and figure out the two piece lining. It makes the pleats look really sharp.
Adventures in Silver Mylar Lace
The IXth enlisted lace is a worsted wool with a pair of navy blue pinstripes. We have miles and miles of it stashed away, but for something like a ladies riding habit, I wanted to go with the officers lace. I took a look at a few of the rectangles of the enlisted lace to figure out how they were constructed, and determined that it was much easier to show than it was to tell. Everyone I asked had a slightly different way of doing it, including using some kind of interfacing for the construction process, or anti fray goo. I didn't want to muck up the expensive silver lace, so I did a little experimentation using it in its original form, un-backed. It frayed very badly, and looked awful. Eventually, I figured out doing a quick buttonhole stitch in silk thread on the edges of each strip saved me a lot of headaches, frustration and lace.