It took a lot of time to hand-baste all these pieces together, but this has a lot of advantages (and is soothing for the mind!). Here are a few of them, which I particularly appreciated while sewing up the dress:
- The pure white batiste makes the dupioni look more radiant;
- you don’t have to worry about seam allowances showing through when pressing the seams open (and that is a common problem with dupioni),
- More generally, you can press the garment more easily after each sewing step, because the batiste side will take a little more heat
- you only have to add the pattern’s markings to the underlining, which means you don’t have to worry about markings that may not be erased easily on the fashion fabric, and that may show through.
- The double layer limits the tension/puckering problems when sewing on the machine. I did use a tiny 60 needle, however. After a few tests on a scrap, that is what gave the best results on the dupioni.
A post is to follow with pictures of the dress…
(ps: Sorry about the post that showed up in Bloglines yesterday, dating back from months ago (about my spring blog layout). I have no idea why – I didn’t edit that post at all. Weird!)