Behold the power of a pleat! It’s not the fold itself, it’s…the understitching. When a pleated ruche is placed in directions that defy gravity, understitching is required. Invisible handwork like this requires me to use a darning needle for (long and thin) so I can sit on the floor with the hem closer to my eye level. For me, using this technique allows me to tack each pleated corner so it stays in place. Why so particular? These diagonal ones in the front will take the brunt of walking, but the piped longer ones on the skirt back and train will flutter, because their hem is free.
Laced while stitching on a Saturday, my favorite era shape is definitely a fin de siecle. 😄
Long sewing day…time to unlace and watch a movie. Currently enjoying “Hotel Portofino” on PBS via Amazon Prime. Now I want to go to Italy…combined with a little dress up, of course.
Corsets I can understand…but intentionally shelfing your rear view is well, insane.
And yet…we wear them and think they’re awesome. Check out that side view! In 1885, that was tres chic.
Time to take off all that added hair and get back to my machines. Sigh.