Inner French Girl
Severine of Inner French Girl contacted me last week and is featuring my blog in today's bulletin (Bulletin 11)! Check out the website; there's a lot of interesting things there and to come. What I find the most interesting is the runway reviews and pattern suggestions as starting points to get the same runway look, with some needing a few modifications. That's a fantastic way to bring the runway look to all of us. Isn't that at least one reason many of us sew? We all love fashion, but can't always afford it!
Q/A: Today's question comes from Patricia: "I placed my wedding dress in my suitcase on my way back home having eloped. I need to use the gown again, for a family wedding but the tulle crinoline has flattened. Any advice on how to restore the fluff of the tulle crinoline? It's sewn into the gown." This is a tough one because it is attached to the gown! Traditionally, you could soak the crinoline in sugar water, but that's not going to work with this crinoline, because it is attached to the gown. As we know now (thanks to that old BWOF!) there used to be a product for stiffening net petticoats. Spray starch will not work very well with the netting. There are two things I can think of to do. If anyone else has anything that might work with an attached petticoat, place it in the comments. First, you could try ironing with a very low temp dry iron. Not too high, or you'll melt a hole. No steam as moisture tends to make netting limp. This will smooth out and straighten the tulle so it will stand out and not be flattened. Second, very gently, take a section after it has been ironed and roll it between yours hands so that it will "fluff" out again. I know this seems like opposite of what you should do, but think of fluffing a flattened feather pillow - you gently manipulate it until it is full and fluffy again.
Parting Shots: Here are a few better pictures of the BWOF #111, 6/07 blouse taken this morning before leaving for work (and before chasing Kiwi for 30 minutes to get her to a vet. appointment!). I also forgot to show you the double buttons on the cuff - the pattern didn't call for them, but once in a while, you'll a see double button cuff in menswear.