What was once the way of life for pennies changed with this day in history.
I may have to subscribe to HBO for a day to view this!
|Creamy white Silk with German Interfacing ready for pleating|
..rolling on long curtain rod.
|MY NEW FRIEND!!|
|This is the 32 row Read Pleater |
Notice the missing Handle on the left?
|The handle messed up the feeding of the|
fabric...scotch tape to cover the 'dirty' threads!
Remember my NEW FRIEND...this is why!! Grabbing that little bit of selvedge was not happening in those tight quarters with my fingers!! The picture is fuzzzy since holding tweezers and taking a photo...well you try it...;-) But those little tips sure worked wonders!!
.but seriously, not a bubble, or any split pleats, missed pleats for the majority of the area!!
My customer will just have to play with four or five pleats there when she works that area...
I don't want to redo 'silk'...the holes would be nasty.
Fabric shifts when you pleat. and when one person is controlling over 14 inches of fabric,
32 needles, one handle, tweezer, and threads....phewwwy...it is a challenge!
And finishing with only a 1/3 of an inch difference from top to bottom??
I think that is purdy dagum good.
[Not really the words I was muttering earlier in the pleating...this fabric should be blushing some...LOL]
THIS is what 81 inches [2 1/4 yards] of silk looks like pleated with 32 rows!!
It covers just under 18 inches and should look absolutely great when smocked!!
Yes there is a dip up/down along the top ...it is the nature of the gears and how they drive the fabric. The piece hangs straight!!
I love challenges. I also fear THIS PARTICULAR challenge each time I work it.
But it took some patience, thought...
LOVE MY NEW FRIEND...[the tweezers]
and now I will no longer consider 32 row pleating [solo] impossible.
One last shot...see the roll of fabric on the curtain rod...propped up with some books so it stays level with the pleater....a big key tip for this 'solo' pleater today!!
Maybe in all my new found free time after the shop closes, I will pleat a piece for me to make a pretty communion dress for a 'someday' maybe grand daughter. We shall see...
The dress will be a version of Janice Gilberts dress in
Issue 128 [?] of Sew Beautiful, 2010.
It uses the Pasquale Pattern designed by Laura Jenkins Thompson.
I hope to see photos of the finished product...I will share I promise!
|Two piece ensemble in Featherwale Cord.|