Readers, I am delighted to share Cathy's silk dress photo shoot with you today -- in its entirety!
What fun we had galavanting around New York City, where my cousin received countless compliments on her smart frock as well as on her dewy complexion. The upside of high humidity is that it brings color to the cheeks.
Cathy loved the soft lines and cool feel of this silk charmeuse dress and found the tulip
sleeve detail to be especially flattering to her upper arms. She seems determined to put polyester behind her; hopefully she'll remain open-minded.
Without further delay, our photo shoot. As always, to see these photos full-size, please click any image and,
in Picasa, choose the album name, and then, in the upper left hand
corner, "Slideshow." (Those with mobile devices can click here.)
Hope you enjoy it and have a great day, everybody!
Exhale, readers, I have good news: the Bernina works great.
Did I mention that I had to purchase the power cord separately? That's why I couldn't test it yesterday; I only received the cord today. I was nervous when I plugged it in and turned it on. Given the rotten packing job the seller had done. I didn't know what to expect. But it seems mechanically superb.
I happen to have another large piece of slinky charmeuse in my stash,
along with all the swatches I picked up yesterday morning. I've tried various kinds of thread, stitch lengths and tension
settings. I've experimented cutting charmeuse sandwiched between tissue
paper with silk pins in the seam allowances (which works well) to
I went fabric shopping this morning for Cathy's 1940's dress with the gathered bodice and skirt front, Simplicity 4856. I needed something with a beautiful drape and some weight to it. At first I looked solely at solids. I saw some gorgeous silk failles and satins, but nothing really wowed me.
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