I watched the movie Midnight in Paris, again. If you’re not familiar with the movie, I’ll give you a brief synopsis. While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée and her family, Gil, a screenwriter, mysteriously travels back to the 1920s at midnight each night. A believer that the 20s was the golden age of Paris, Gil goes nuts when his time traveling has him partying with writers, painters, and musicians such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, Dali, Picasso, and Cole Porter. Gil’s evening walks at midnight bring him closer to finishing his first novel, which he struggles to write, but further from the woman he’s about to marry. As I was watching it, I wondered, is there a movement going on right now that is similar the one in the movie? Picasso and Braque hung out and created artwork together, each learning from the other’s skills and each picking up the other’s traits. Are Marci and Nette the Picasso and Braque of our day and age and in our line of artwork – sewing (there are many more examples of blogging/sewing buddies but I chose just one)? Picasso and Braque were also a part of a bigger movement called Cubism, which, in a nutshell (and chime in if I’m wrong), was a rejection of representing the 3D world on a 2D canvas perfectly with the use of perspective, modeling, and foreshortening. Instead, the work of Cubist artists was fragmented and sometimes discernible, inspired partly by African art but also representing the way that our mind work – pieced together. Are Sallie, Holly, Karen, Lauren, and all other sewers/bloggers part of a group that is dedicated to making and wearing a handmade wardrobe? If that’s the case, I have two things to say. One, I’m glad that this movement is happening and two, I wonder what people will say about us ten, twenty, or fifty years from now?
And yep, you bet I’m still jotting down the things that I come across each night in an effort to remember/learn more (rather than breezing through the information I come across). Here are a couple, but not all, of the things I learned this week.
One: I bought polyester for a project and as soon as I got home, I wondered, how do I prewash it? I asked for tips on my Facebook page but I also did a search on Google. Not surprisingly, Gertie wrote a great post on how to prewash a variety of fabrics.
Two: A reader emailed me after he read about my frustration with attaching hook and eye closers to my bras. No matter what the stitch tension, stitch length, needle, of thread, the zigzag stitches skip (but the straight stitches do not). He suggested that the cause of the skipped stitches was the difference in levels when sewing. When I start stitching over the elastic and the hook and eye, the stitches do not skip, but when I pass over the elastic and just sew over the hook and eye, the stitches skip. He suggested adding a piece of flannel to even out the levels. Makes sense, right?
Three: Every time I change the thread on a serger, I “tie on,” meaning I clip the thread at the cone, change cones, and tie the new thread onto the old thread and pull it through. What I didn’t know is that the knots should be pulled out of the tension dials and then “flossed” back in after the knot passes. The book that talked about this gave a great analogy for why this is done, “Imagine if your dental floss had a knot in it: you wouldn’t enjoy pulling that knot between your teeth!”
And you can probably tell from the photos this week that I’m sewing a lot! I can’t wait to show you the ruffl-y, velvet-y, and polka dotted-y stuff I’ve been sewing!