Friday, November 28, 2014
Thank you to my wonderful followers who sent me links for making BowTies. This is my result. I was able to make two. One is an inch longer than the other. This Brocade fabric is beautiful. However it is not friendly to cut or sew.
Here is my template pattern ready to cut out of the brocade which has been fused with Pellon. Only one side of the self-faced tie.
Here is my template pattern ready to cut out of the brocade which is not fused with Pellon. My first attempts were very difficult and problematic. This fabric shreds so easily that if you merely touch it the silky threads are all you have left of your edges you wish to seam together. Sew...I purchased a very expensive pinking edge rotary blade and that helped but was very dangerous to use freehand cutting. I spent days and days just trying to get one good bowtie sewn and ready for approval by the wedding couple.
Here are the two bowties I was able to complete as prototypes. Am I proud of them? Yes and No! This is not the finest work I can do. This fabric has been such a troublesome lot that I don't believe the result is stunning. Mr. C and I have tried to actually tie this around his neck and it just does not cooperate. The fabric is stiff yet not crisp. The bow looks okay but the knot is not laying well.
The end result is not very nice. I have spoken with the bride-to-be and she already has Plan B in action. No suspenders now as the groom-to-be is entertaining vests to be worn. The online ordered vests will not go with this brocade so my job is done. I will not be sewing any more Brocade BowTies for the upcoming wedding to be held in late February in Minneapolis in Winter weather. I was so worried and stressed over this entire project and now I can merely get on with December and Christmas gift making and giving.
Our weather is just what you would expect for the Autumn to Winter season's changing. With the shorter daylight hours making me feel like I should go to bed right after dinner is over. My sunshine is not here to give me energy and allow me to accomplish as much as I do in the warmer longer daylight days of Summer. I do read more in the evenings and that is enjoyable. I am also getting some much needed hand-sewing done on gifts. Nothing fancy and nothing fun...yet.
I shall continue to be grateful for all of my blessings. One day is just not enough time. The Holiday Crush is upon us. I don't like to count down the days as they already pass too quickly. My focus will be to make a list and check it twice. Complete what I am able to and let the rest fall by the wayside. My goal is to enjoy every day and not get caught up in the stress of trying to do it all and then some. My wish is for each of you to also find balance and enjoy your days. Sharing Joy and Peace...