You may recall that the lining got cut about 3″ too short.Â Removing and re-sewing the lining was not an option (too much water under the bridge for that!).Â So the question became, “How do I extend the lining?”
Adding a wide bias section at the bottom was one option, but that would have made it look like a repair (in my opinion, anyway).Â So I went back to Britex and found some absolutely lovely lace:
It’s the perfect length.Â There is just enough lining to sew a 1/2″, twice-doubled-over hem and still be able to mount the lace at a height that will hide the stitching in the hem.
I’ve been reading avidly through the book on design that I got a few days ago.Â I never realized how much line and shape alter the “feel” of a piece!Â it had never occurred to me that horizontal lines are calming and diagonal lines energetic, but now that it’s been pointed out to me, I see that it’s true!Â So interesting to read.Â I’m looking forward to applying this in my designs.
I’ve also been thinking a little bit about what I want to try next in my designs.Â I think it will be abstract shapes (because I can’t draw/paint worth a damn right now), and will be experimenting with some of the design concepts I’ve been doing.Â I will definitely do some design exercises in purchased fabrics (sort of like sketching out a concept) before tackling a major project in handwovens. I can hardly wait to start! but I’ve got at least another week-and-a-half to go on the dress, first.