Saturday, March 29, 2008

Devil In the Details--March TIF Challenge

Sharon B.'s "Take It Further Challenge" for March is "details in life". In garment construction, "detail" means matters of seam finishes, bound buttonholes, pockets, and embellishments. I would imagine that nearly everything Sharon and the many other embroidery bloggers do qualifies as "detail" by my definition.

My first project idea was to sit down and practice making bound buttonholes and welt pockets. I've made a few welt pockets, but didn't do a great job, and I always used to get my mom to make my bound buttonholes for me. I have done without them since she died twelve years ago. (I am even more embarrassed to admit this than to admit that I still don't know how to set up my Linux machine as a NFS server). However, the substitute teaching job (and the upper respiratory viruses I've caught there) got in the way this month, and I haven't had time or energy for that task.

I also want to learn how to make lace insets in garments, and it occurs to me that this could qualify as "detail work" too. Because I have a dozen pairs of "underbritches" cut out from my collection of knit fabric scraps, I have a perfect practice project set up and ready to go. Surely the making of unique embellished undergarments must count as attention to life's details!

I don't expect I'll have photos of finished projects before the end of the month, but I may make some progress this weekend, and there is a school vacation coming up in a few days.


OfTroy said...

one difficulty with bound buttonholes, is the fabric unraveling.
1--use an iron on interfacing.
2--use leather!

they are a bit tricky at first, but once you learn the process, they are quite easy..

i used to collect odd leather gloves from the lost & found at the end of winter (about now!) and keep them on hand for making bound buttonholes.. leather one look very nice and tailored, and the fine leather from a glove is just right for home sewing!

Rebecca Clayton said...

What a wonderful idea! I've got some gloves that would be perfect for this, and leather would look so elegant!