Thursday, March 13, 2008
Progress Notes: Trilby Hat Project from "Stylish Cloches"
This was todays starting point. All fashion fabric pieces cut, marked and laid out for pinning. Lining waiting and ready to go when outside is finished. The plaid thing, is a pressing ham. Will be needing that when it is time to hand baste the crown/top sections together. That will be another day.
Today was spent, sewing the sides to the top (crown to tip in millinery terms) to form two halves. And getting the brim ready to attach to the crown, once the crown is all together in one piece.
Again it was much pressing between short spurts at the machine. You see, one builds shape into the hat not only by the shape of the pattern pieces, but also by the stitching AND the pressing. Very much with the pressing. Natural fibers comply nicely and take shape with heat. But to get the shape to set requires letting the fabric dry and cool after applying the steam, heat, pressure. So one presses a few inches over the shape - here it is the crown being pressed on a round wood form, then lets those inches cool before continuing on the the next few inches. So work progressed on the pieces in increments, one crown-tip half, start pressing. Sew next crown-tip, more pressing on first crown-tip. Sew brim, press #2 crown-tip half. Well you get the idea.
Also in there is trimming seams, and etc. (also was working on a home dec project to keep the hands busy and give the pressed areas time to set.)
By the end of 2 1/2 hours - reached this point.
All set out and ready to go for next session. Hand basting the crown-tip sections together.
No doubt, most of you are bored to tears and oh my dears, this is a very short synopsis of all the neat things done to get this far. It was a wonderful tactile fabric manipulation morning for me.
If you've hung in for the whole adventure, thank you so much.