I finished fusing the interfacing yesterday morning, and re-did the markings on the right front, right side panel, and right back today. Â So I am back to where I was before the fiasco!
Teresa suggested that I not use fusible interfacing on such a precious fabric. Â Unfortunately I didn’t see the comment until I had already fused the interfacing to the fabric, or I might have changed my mind. Â We did consider organza as an underlining, but felt it was too crisp for the flow we wanted, so decided to use fusible interfacing with organza on the facings to add a bit of crispness to the garment edges. Â However, I didn’t think of trying another sew-in interfacing. Â Too late now, but next time I will ask Sharon about alternatives. Â I do generally prefer sew-in interfacings to fusibles.
However, this fusible interfacing is a very nice one, an inserted-weft one with good body and a buttery drape. Â So I don’t think it’s going to be disastrous, just maybe not quite as nice as a sew-in. Â Next time I’ll try a mid-weight sew-in interfacing and see which I like better. Â I still have maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of the Infinite Warp left, so I might try another garment with a different underlining on it, as an experiment.
Anyway, I have now completed marking the three right body panels, and now it’s on to the three left body panels and the facings. Â After that I will sew the darts, baste the body panels together, and then match/mark/cut the sleeves – which were tricky to match on the muslin. Â And then, I’ll start assembling the garment!
I’m hoping to get a lot done this weekend – it’s a three-day weekend for me (Stanford observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday). Â I’ll probably have to work for part of it, as my team is launching one website next week and one very tricky one the week after that, but otherwise I should be able to focus on the construction.
And, Mike and I are going to see our first four houses on Saturday! Â We’ve never gone househunting before (at least, not to buy a house), so we’re really excited. Â Some of them have garages that have already been converted into living spaces, which would give me a head start on putting a studio there. Â And the prices for bottom-end single-family houses are unbelievably low right now (for the Bay Area, anyway), so it seems likely we’ll find something well within our budget.
Heady times, indeed!