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I have some black lace, sort of a chantilly design with scalloped  
edges both sides, but not terribly expensive. I'm making a Little  
Black Dress for my granddaughter, who was accepted by the National  
Youth Orchestra for the European tour starting in two weeks:
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/National-Youth-Orchestra-of-the-United-States-of-America/

DD and DGD were informed last week that because the kids were going to  
be escorted to the Russian Embassy in DC, the opera house in St.  
Petersburg, plus several other spiffy venues, that they needed dressy  
clothes.  Difficulty is, the garment needs to be washable on the fly.  
DD and DGD could not find anything they liked locally, so I  
volunteered. DGD will need a nice performance dress in the future  
anyhow, so I'll make it now for this occasion and she'll have it for  
later too.  We selected poly satin, poly chiffon and poly lace.  It  
has all been serged and put through the washer and dryer, everything  
came out great.

However, I cannot for the life of me see a "right" side to the lace.  
I put the lining satin under it with both sides of the lace 'up' and  
nada.  There is not a raised thread or anything else that I can see.  
Each flower seems to have identical shininess in parts and dullness in  
others.

Shall I just pick one arbitrarily and make sure every piece is laid  
out with the same side "out" or...?  I intend to mark every single cut  
piece with tiny safety pins to be sure I maintain a "right" side while  
constructing.

Thanks for any insight,

Beverly


Re: Expert opinions, please?
If "YOU" can't tell the difference, then neither an anyone else!!!!  So just  
go ahead and mark it with "your" right side up.
Barbara in SC

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http://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/National-Youth-Orchestra-of-the-United-States-of-America/
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Re: Expert opinions, please?
On 6/19/2013 12:27 PM, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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Motion seconded.
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I fully agree here (although I find it hard to believe that such a fabric  
can be without any significantly different sides). I have no idea as for the  
'right' side identification. However, I do have a little tip which I learned  
from one very experienced (and slightly OCD) lady in my sewing class: Pins  
might get tangles and damage even this virtually indestructible fabric. Why  
not use little stickers like these:  
http://www.etikettenstar.de/mark1.php?cat=297

I used them - signal orange - on my poly lawn blouse I happened to finish  
just today; the lawn has this charming paisley print and it was terribly  
hard to tell which was the right side. Plus: the pattern parts looked so  
similar that I not only marked the inside but also which was which. (Look  
here:  
http://www.burdastyle.de/burda-style/heft-katalog/kleid-carmen-ausschnitt-burda-style-03-2012_pid_607_7131.html
)  
Since I didn't want the slit in the front, I didn't see any reason for the  
extra seam down the middle in that case.  I had modified the pattern so that  
I could cut the main parts from the centre fold. The stickers worked really  
well and didn't leave any stains on the fabric.

Did you pick a pattern already? I guess she will need something with a  
little room for her knees. As far as I remember, she sits with her knees  
slightly apart. And - just in case - perhaps you make something with a  
little ease so that, in case she tends to gain weight under stress, the  
dress will still fit her at the end of the tour. But I'm sure you thought of  
all this, experienced as you are and since you love her so much.

Will they stay in Germany, too? Perhaps I may go and see her... Anyway, give  
her my love and tell her that I almost envy her for this thing, and her  
talent (and diligence).

U.  


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Ursula Schrader wrote:
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See my follow-up.

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Not sure they would stick to this particular lace, but I'll keep that  
tip in mind.

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Nice pattern!  I have to laugh, I made a tunic from a gauzy black and  
white print fabric a few years ago, and after it was finished and  
every seam serged, I discovered the *fronts* were wrong-side-out.  It  
hardly showed, but I always knew it.  I finally donated it, I just  
could not bear to wear it.  :-(

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 See my follow-up.  Custom design, three-pattern combination with  
several style  alterations. :-}

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No, she plays the bassoon, it's held off to one side of the knees.  
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTf8qkA_A0Xnm3aUqa7ZV7WUruCH_x2dzc0kLzP6IErl5Z0Vd1Brg
 
But the skirt will be 3/4 circle, ending just at the top of her knees.  
She should be able to sit comfortably (and modestly).

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No cities in Germany on the tour.  They'll be in New York, Moscow, St.  
Petersburg, and London, then Washington DC, and home.

I'll pass along your good wishes, thanks.

Bevelry  


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Yes, I know; as soon as I had posted this, I saw your follow up which  
answers most of my questions, and some more. ;-) As for the sticky dots: If  
they stick on starched polyester law, I've got a feeling they'll stick on  
everything. But of course it is your own choice, and if you don't already  
have them in the house, I can't blame you for not incurring the extra  
expenditure; after all, they don't come for free, and if you spend a little  
bit here and a little bit there, in the end you're left with little bit too  
little in your purse. I know what I'm talking about... ;-)

As for the skirt - yes, I took a look at the YouTube video and she doesn't  
hold the bassoon between her legs like a cello. ;-) However, I had noticed  
the 'walking' position of her legs and thought that a pencil skirt might  
definitely _not_ be what would give her the necessary ease. ;-)

I'm sure your creation will be just the thing for her, suited to all her  
dressing needs, the occasion, and her age. I really like the mix of patterns  
she chose. Quite modest but still dressy enough. She did develop a good deal  
over the last year; I took a look at the video from the year before. She  
performs with so much more self-confidence now, and looks so grown up with  
her new haircut. The long braid looked pretty but a bit little-girlish.  
Gosh, I guess you must be bursting with pride over her.

Well, it's a pity they don't come to our neck of the woods but after all,  
they are still young and going to Russia is quite a big deal. Thank you for  
passing on the good wishes.

U.

  


Re: Expert opinions, please?

:> On 6/19/2013 12:27 PM, Bobbie Sews More wrote:
:>> If "YOU" can't tell the difference, then neither an anyone else!!!!  So  
:>> just
:>> go ahead and mark it with "your" right side up.
:>> Barbara in SC
:>
:> Motion seconded.

:I fully agree here (although I find it hard to believe that such a fabric  
:can be without any significantly different sides). I have no idea as for the  
:'right' side identification. However, I do have a little tip which I learned  
:from one very experienced (and slightly OCD) lady in my sewing class: Pins  
:might get tangles and damage even this virtually indestructible fabric. Why  
:not use little stickers like these:  
:http://www.etikettenstar.de/mark1.php?cat=297

:I used them - signal orange - on my poly lawn blouse I happened to finish  
:just today; the lawn has this charming paisley print and it was terribly  
:hard to tell which was the right side. Plus: the pattern parts looked so  
:similar that I not only marked the inside but also which was which. (Look  
:here:  

I mark the pieces of everything I cut out.  I use plain painter's
maskingtape, which is reasonably cheap, and has lots of other uses.
That's true even on things you'd think I couldn't possibly get
confused.  Becasue, well, I do... It's also useful in keeping track of
which side is which, particularly on fabrics that are hard to tell.
(('m making a seer sucker shirt, and I can't tell which side is right,
and which is wrong.  They're different, mainly in the way the
puckering happens, but there's no apparent quality difference.  It
would be distressing to see that I sewed the sleeves on inside out,
and discover some one can tell the difference...))  

--  
sig 115

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Pogonip wrote:
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Thanks both of you.  I shined a light at an angle across the lace and  
looked at both sides under a magnifying glass (I know, I'm AR) and I  
think I did discover a raised thread outlining the flowers and scrolls  
on one side.  So I have decided that is the "right" side.  All bodice  
pieces are cut out, marked with tailor tacks (ugh, I forgot how much I  
HATE them), the satin bodice and lining are marked and I'm ready to  
start sewing.

DGD sketched her design.  I'm essentially merging three patterns, plus  
completely altering the neckline.  Starting point is Vogue 8766 view F  
(but shorter, just at the knee)  
http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8766-products-15146.php?page_id=861

But instead of the to-the-edge interlining and lining for the lace  
bodice, we're doing a strapless inner bodice like View C, more like  
Simplicity 1606  
http://www.simplicity.com/p-8864-misses-miss-petite-amazing-fit-dress.aspx .  
Then she wanted chiffon instead of lace for the outer layer of the  
full skirt.  And a bateau neckline front and back, with the scallops  
from the lace at the neck (and sleeve) edges.  And tiny shaped cap  
sleeves, a little like Vogue 8784 view A  
http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8784-products-16426.php?page_id=857 .

Oh, and the lace scallops appliquéd to the waist line, and an  
invisible zipper, please Grandma?.

Re-figuring the yardage was a nightmare!  Fortunately, we got the last  
piece of lace on the bolt and I was able to get an extra 1/2 yard at  
50% off (as a remnant).  That gave me the luxury of positioning  
pattern pieces on the lace motifs without having to bite the inside of  
my cheek too hard.  And I have enough of the lace to make a small  
clutch purse if time allows.

Beverly, taking a short break to rest my back.



Re: Expert opinions, please?
I sure hope DGD knows how to thread the needles and help baste some of this  
together!
Barbara

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Re: Expert opinions, please?
Bobbie Sews More wrote:
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She does, she sews quite well herself, but there just is not time:  
"School is ending, finals are occurring, packing must be done, etc.,  
etc., etc."  In addition she lives 15 miles across town, and does not  
drive.  I'll be doing everything up to the hem myself.  I am hoping we  
can collaborate on a hand-stitched rolled hem for the chiffon layer if  
she has time.

As always, it is those I love for whom I sew.  :-)

Beverly  


Re: Expert opinions, please?
On 6/19/2013 7:28 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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You are a good grandma!
On a much easier project my 23yo granddaughter asked me to replace a  
zipper, of course I said yes,even though I hate replacing zips. As I  
explained to DH, How can I say no. We do for those we love.
Juno

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