It may feel soft, but it’s no soft touch! I had no idea velvet could be so difficult to work with. I’m thinking, what did I get myself into here? Ah, I know – a challenge! Am I up to it? Yes.
On second thought . . . I dunno. I think this might take me down a notch or three. Since I’ve never worked with velvet, nor crepe-backed satin, NOR children’s clothing (other than baby clothes), I just might have taken on more than I can handle. But then again . . . maybe not. Yah, yah, I know – make up my mind, why doncha!
It wasn’t exactly an auspicious beginning with this bolero, but I’m determined to conquer it. Velvet likes to move around all by itself – did you know that? Well, I didn’t! I could have SWORN (if I swore) that I saw it creep sideways more than once while I was pinning it down, and then again when I was putting the first of many seams in that I immediately ripped right back out. Finally I decided the only way to tame that stuff was to hand-baste it into place.
I’m tellin’ ya, if this project turns out well, it will be through sheer perseverance and prayer! This bolero may become my muslin, as I work out all the challenges (thankfully, there’s enough left to cut out another one). But I was happy that the muslin of the vest turned out really cute, at least. Next step is to try it in satin.
Here’s Take One. Stay tuned, folks. Round two is about to begin. Velvet, to your corner. LubbyGirl, to your corner. Now shake pins and come out fightin’!
This (above) is the look I’m after, only in velvet.
This (below) is what I’ve got so far.
(oh…by the way…I’m on the mend, slowly)