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Pippa Progress

After doing one final muslin over the weekend I cut into the silk Sunday and late yesterday. The good thing about making several muslins of a garment before you cut into the fashion fabric is that, once you do, the going is really easy and fast. During lunch today I sewed up the lining. It’s a very straightforward sheath with front waistline and bust darts. I always Make the Lining First, since it allows me one last fitting opportunity. The lining is made of silk habotai. I stayed the neckline edges, both front and back, using selvages from the habotai. It keeps the edges from stretching out during sewing. When I stay a neckline edge, I use either a selvage or twill tape. Twill tape works well if the area you are staying has a fair amount of curve. Here, because the v-neck and back have little curvature, the silk selvage works well without adding any bulk.

Use selvage of silk habotai to stay the neckline edge

Here’s the lining. Tomorrow I’ll start on the outer shell.

Yeah, it needs ironing, but it's been pressed at every step!


Did I tell you I always work best on a deadline?

Dear Santa:
All I want for Christmas is…

A Generac Guardian 20kW Whole House Generator with Automatic Transfer Switch.

Because as God is my witness, I’ll never go without Internet again!

Happy sewing!

6 thoughts on “Pippa Progress”

  1. Shannon says:

    Woo Hoo, it must feel good to be cutting into and stitching up the final version. I can’t wait to see it!

  2. Phyllis says:

    That’s going to be such a great dress! I bet you’ll wear it a lot too. 🙂

  3. Auntie Allyn says:

    It’s not going to be enough to see “Shelly” wearing your finished dress . . . we want a photo of YOU wearing it!! You’re going to look fabulous!

  4. devra says:

    can’t wait to see even more progress, it will look stunning!

  5. Lisa Dugan says:

    Briggs & Stratton is a much better generator. Briggs also sells the GE models. we used to sell Generac, but now prefer Briggs & GE. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

  6. Bunny says:

    DD has a whole house Generac and it is fabulous, quiet and really does the job. She has a large home and in last month’s storm it clicked into action like a hospital in a hurricane, never missing a dot of electricity. We were very impressed. Not cheap, by the way.

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