My husband's not talking to me at the moment. Don't get me wrong, he's not giving me the silent treatment. Instead, he's desperately trying to read his way through 700+ pages of 'A Fraction of the Whole' before his next book club meeting. Knowing he was planning to spend the night cuddling his book on the couch, I decided to have a hot date with my sewing machine. There wasn't a lot of love in the room.
I decided to make a nightie using Burda 2711. I've done it before easily and assumed it could be done again easily. I was wrong. The first time I made it in cotton voile. This time I used slippery silk. Damn you slippery silk! I love this fabric. I just don't always like to sew it. If you look closely you can see that it's covered with lots of lovely whimsical touches - flowers, dragonflies, grass seed heads, butterflies and vines. Very cute! (The fabric was harvested from a very ugly 100% silk op-shop dress).
Sewing the bias binding was a flippin' nightmare to say the least. Not fun at all! Despite trying really hard to do beautiful work, it's a real bodge job. Luckily this one's for bed and not for a night out at the Oscars.
I began by following the instructions on how to attach the bias strip - Result: Bodgy
I than ran the strip through my bias binding maker/iron - Result: Better but still bodgy
Any tips on sewing homemade silky bias binding would be much appreciated.
I did have my first go at sewing French seams and these turned out lovely, which was nice given my horror evening battling the bias.
Yesterday I ducked into Vinnies and scored 15 copies of Australian Stitches at 30c a pop. They're all from 1999 - 2001 so the fashion is outdated but the sewing tips are still good. The first article I came to was 'Sewing with Silk'. (3 hours too late!) It had lots of really useful information I could have used. I was slightly amused by the last line on 'Hems and Finishes' - or, for a more challenging finish, finish the edge with a very narrow bias binding.' Challenging, you bet!