Jinxes and Hijnks
So I think I jinxed myself by posting about my incremental progress on the Cashmere Goddess. Oy! The last two nights have been a study on how slow I can progress.
First, I had problems interfacing my facings and the corduroy. I don’t know what went wrong or what I did incorrectly, but I couldn’t get any of my interfacing to adhere to anything. I’m sure it’s user error, but I just can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I emailed Pam from Fashion Sewing Supply and she had some great suggestions. By the way, she has the best customer service. She emails back almost instantaneously and totally backs up her product which is already ah-may-zing. I totally recommend her interfacing. As I said earlier, I am sure it was my fault that I had any problem at all because every other time I’ve used her interfacing, it’s worked beautifully.
Then, last night it took me 2 hours, TWO WHOLE HOURS, to insert a measly 8-inch zipper. I lost count how many times I inserted the dratted thing. I am so happy I had interfaced the side seam ahead of time, as the seam itself did not stretch out of shape. The problem? I kept getting a pucker on the bottom of the zipper. My last ditch maneuver was to unpick the seam below the zipper and ease out the pucker when I resewed it, and that did the trick. If it hadn’t? Well, let’s just say this skirt was going to be worn with long sweaters all the time going forward. But, I won’t have to do that now. Phew. I may have won the battle in the end, but I was left feeling like I had lost the war with that zipper. It just lay there, shining its burnt orangeness at me and mocking me with that pucker. That is, until I fixed it but good.
I have not yet pressed this seam, but already it looks 300 times better than the puckery mess it was earlier. AND, the best part? It’s an “invisible” invisible zipper. Unfortunately, I have no idea when I will be able to finish this skirt as my social life is about to pick up again. On top of that, this weekend I have to go couch shopping. The little boy who lives with me, but who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty, likes to jump on the couch and it is now, sadly, sagging to the ground in the middle. All my future houseguests will thank me for purchasing a new couch pronto (I’m looking at you Susie!).
I have to ask: Is it just me or are you also getting the feeling that Karen has jinxed this skirt from the get go with her malicious coveting of my cashmere loveliness?
In other sewing news, I got a response from Kathleen Fasanella on my question about interfacing hems. Yeah! Check out the comment section on this post.
Happy sewing and interfacing!