|FrankenWhiggish Rose Meets YLI Silk Thread|
|Oren Bayan Mercerized Cotton Machine Embroidery Thread|
I know that some people do use Mettler 60/2 cotton thread successfully for hand applique, but I also know that I tend to make really tiny stitches when I get my groove going (some have told me that my stitches are TOO small) and that means that my length of thread might be pulled through the fabric twice as many times as it might be for someone else. I'm pretty sure that my thread breakage is due to my Mettler thread not being strong enough to withstand that repeated stress and friction. I briefly considered that my needle might be the culprit, either due to a microscopic burr in the eye of the needle or friction at the eye from a too-small needle eye for the thread diameter, but if either of those scenarios were to blame I would be seeing thread breaks happening right at the eye. I'm using a length of thread roughly the length of my forearm, and I'm having my thread break approximately halfway to two-thirds of the way in after I've taken at least a hundred tiny stitches without a break. The kinking and snarling tendency happens throughout stitching.
|My Successful Applique Combo: YLI #100 Silk Thread and Size 12 Bohin Applique Needles|
So, one sewing problem solved for me this week. Hooray! I'd love to tell you that my skirt project was coming along just as nicely, but...
|Tracing Skirt Pattern onto Pellon Sew-In Interfacing|
|Traced Pattern Pieces, Ready to Go|
|Yikes! Why Is There Extra Fabric???|
|Pins, Pins, and More Pins|
However, when I sewed those drunkard's path blocks together, I put the convex outer curved piece on the bottom and then pinned the concave inner curved piece on top. I think that was a lot easier to pin and sew accurately. Does anyone know of any reason why I shouldn't sew my skirt the same way -- with the contoured waistband piece on the bottom, next to the feed dogs, and the concave curved top edge of the skirt pinned to fit along the edge on top of the skirt? I'm going to pin it just like I did in the photo above, and I do have Dual Feed on my Bernina 750 sewing machine, if that makes a difference (I know some people like to sew with any fullness on the bottom so the feed dogs can help ease it in). The curved seam came out just fine regardless, but when I tried on the muslin skirt to check the fit --
|Custom Fit? Hah!|
So, half hoping this was evidence that I had lost weight since I'd measured myself, I grabbed my tape measure and measured my waist AGAIN. I still got 30", the same as last time, which is a size 16 according to the pattern sizing chart. So why is the skirt so HUGE??!
Obviously this means I should make the skirt in a smaller size, and it's a good thing I made the muslin first, but it still bothers me that the skirt is so big because now I have zero confidence in my ability to use a tape measure. If I had chosen a pattern size by my hip measurement instead of by the waist, I'd have made the skirt in a size 14. But I don't know -- this test skirt is SO big. Will a 14 be that much smaller? Should I make a 12? I did pull the tape measure snug when I measured, but does the pattern company expect you to suck in your gut and hold your breath, and pull that tape measure as tight as a tourniquet?
The only good news from this muslin misfortune is that I'm pretty sure the skirt has enough fullness for my cotton voile fabric to hang nicely. I wasn't sure based on the pattern photo and I was a little concerned that my lightweight voile might hang too limply if there wasn't enough fullness at the bottom of the skirt. I think the length will be good, too, when the top of the skirt is up where it belongs and the hem is turned up at the bottom.
SO... I'm going to wait until my Mom comes over tomorrow to find out what size SHE thinks I should make. Mom to the rescue yet again!
Meanwhile, back to my hand stitching! I'm linking up Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, as well as with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, because Sarah is a sweetie and she understands that sometimes we need encouraging feedback (and advice!) even more when we're struggling than we do when we finally hit that finish line with a completed project to show off. For those of you in the United States, happy Independence Day weekend!