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Nov 7, 2013

Miles to Sew Before I Sleep



We're getting down to the wire, people!

There is still a great deal to do before this LBD is done, and I have less than twenty-four hours to do it.  I need to insert a lapped side zipper.  I need to attach the sleeves.  I need to stitch down the neck facings and cuff facings.  I need to hem a very wide skirt.  And then there's Cathy's hair!

This is the collar.  It's interfaced with hair canvas.  Fusibles would ruin the texture of the taffeta but the collar needs to have some stiffness.



The collar was basted to the neckline, and the facings added.



After considerable trimming, the facings were turned inside; they still have to be stitched down by hand.

Here's what it looked like earlier today.  Michael said it reminded him of Cruella Deville.



The cuffs are also interfaced with hair canvas for stiffness.



The cuff gets sewn onto the sleeve edge on the right side, and then a bias facing is added and turned under.  That too must be stitched down by hand.





Here's how the dress looks this evening -- gorgeous!



I'm going for something like this:



My fear is that it will more closely resemble this:



I think I'm done for the day; I'll be fresher in the morning and am apt to make fewer sewing mistakes.

Thank goodness Cathy can take care of the rest.





 Nighty-night, everybody!



20 comments:

  1. ......and you need to shave

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  2. Can't wait to see the finished dress!

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  3. I'm thinking it may have a dashing, cosmpolitan Dolores Gray/Dovima/Lypsinka effect - I hope Cathy will consider a rather more emphatic maquillage than is her wont...

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  4. Michael is right. It does have a Cruella vibe. But maybe it will look less malevolent on.

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  5. Oh, Peter!
    Have a good sleep! My mother told me years ago to never make a major decision when I was tired!
    Thanks for the chuckle! Lots of empathy coming from me. I know EXACTLY how you feel - been there, done it, and survived. You will too, and it will be stunningly beautiful!

    Brenda

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  6. There is nothing like last minute sewing! That collar looks fabulous - can't wait to see the finished look (which I am quite sure you will finish with time to spare!).

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  7. Better Cruella than the destroyed Lucille option ;-)

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  8. I can't help but notice the different tone of prose when you embark on a project for Cathy. Of course there has been plenty of discussion about the often boring and repetitive aspects of creating clothing for men. (In spite of the often dubious efforts of designers to create a stir on the men's runway.) Maybe it has more to do with my own twisted perceptions as a reader, but I see a distinctive lift in spirit when you tackle something . . . more glamorous. And it is contagious, in a voyeuristic sort of way, watching you enjoy yourself. Of course the voyeuristic aspect of reading blogs or memoirs or watching reality tv - that is another subject.

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  9. Didn't Glenn Close pay a very elegant Cruella? But even she piled on the pancake for the part..Please tell Cathy!

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  10. But Cruella was so chill. This already looks like a knock out dress. The double shot taffeta is perfect for the pattern. Cathy will kill it!

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  11. It is looking fabulous. I'm in tears over missing meeting Cathy.

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  12. I did a Cruella de Ville collar and it turned out really nice, and used silk organza, but the lace had to be a little see-thru so that's why I went to organza. Sometimes I'll even double, triple and quadruple it to get it as stiff as I want. I love organza cause it's as stiff or light as I need. http://ow.ly/qCKIs

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  13. Your post gave me a chuckle when I got to the picture of your fear . . . I'm sure your creation will turn out more like what you hope and less like Lucille's!

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  14. This is a very exciting sewing race-to-the-finish set of posts! Can't wait to see the finished product, and the contrast of that fabric with Cathy's coloring should be amazing. Godspeed, Peter.

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  15. That Cathy Lane!!! Really nice, Peter, Cruella never looked better. I cannot wait to see Cathy all decked out. I hope she and Michael have a great time. Seems a shame that she gets to go and you don't. I hope she appreciates your efforts.

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  16. I got more Zsa Zsa than Cruella from that neckline. Which might help with Cathy's hairstyle. Can't wait to see how it all comes out, and I wish I was there to see it.

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  17. It’s looking great! Not Cruella at all, to me. It looks rather romantic, yet makes the statement that Cathy is her own woman and not some needy starlet. I understand the pressure, as I was making last-minute alterations the day that I was going to a wedding. You’ll make it and Cathy will be the belle of the ball.

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  18. Pretend you're on Project Runway...

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  19. This must be the bobbin because it's bobbin up and down (as she points to the take up lever) love it!

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