A random sewing mix in the last month. . . . .
Laundry bag and a peg bag from left overs of fabric after making cushion covers to spruce up my sister Angie's garden furniture. Fortunately the material has a squared pattern with lines to follow making for easy machining. I forgot to take a photos of the cushions whilst I was there, maybe next time. The bags were sewn here, at home. I have given my sister the laundry bag, and have kept the peg bag.
Cutting out, using the pattern lines. Same shape, different sizes.
Finished peg bag with long strap ....I like to hang the strap around my neck as I peg the washing out.
"SHE will go to the ball!"......
This gorgeous young lady, Aisha needed some assistance with her stunning 1940s ball gown to wear to her, end of school, prom.
The problem was one of layers and length ...yards and yards of chiffon. Too much top layer fabric that was hiding the detail on the layer underneath of very pretty embroidered satin and sequined lace.
After pinning back at the side to reveal the satin and lace embroidery Aisha's leg could be seen as she walked. The bodice is boned and buttoned at the back with 3 short trains starting beneath the waist - a satin train on the bottom layer, a chiffon layer from the skirt and then a third layer from the pleated bodice below the bust line. All fine if she was to stand still all evening! Taking up the hem was not an option ( not enough time, and beyond my skills). Sending the dress back was not an option. After some discussion with Aisha, her mother, my son's girlfriend we agreed on two alterations. The top train I cut up the centre as far as the buttons, and made into a bow, tacked on to the main dress to hold it's weight. Secondly, sewing on a 'finger- hold' on one side of the second layer, which Aisha could hold as she walked. Aisha was really happy when shown in a full-length mirror. By all accounts had a wonderful evening.
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