in which our plucky heroine makes a few revisions...
So yesterday I spent part of the day visiting with my pal Marya. She is also a bit interested in SWAP sewing, so we bounced some ideas off each other, which brought back some of my lagging enthusiasm after the black corduroy debacle. I have an idea to use some of my familiar rectangular construction techniques to create a blouse analog. I use this style of construction for my SCA Viking Age clothing, and my popover dress, design originally inspired by Naomi Ito for Nani Iro, is also made from rectangle and triangles... I am going to take some measurements from an undergown, and see if I can transmogrify it into a blouse...
but in the meantime, progress is happening on the AC cardigan project:
January SMART goals (x=extra)
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Today I am grateful for my burn test birdy! This clever gadget, circa sometime in the early 70's, works really well when burn testing fabric to figure out fiber content. It is a vintage fork bent into the body and legs of a bird, welded to a large heavy washer, and with an alligator clip for a head and beak. I can set this down on the shelf above the bathroom sink, and any ashes etc fall safely into the sink, and the exhaust fan removes any nasty fumes.
I recently had some fabric behave very badly, and I realised I had not actually tested it prior to stitching it up, and so I grabbed a scrap from the wastebasket, and sure enough, there was something in there that was not a natural fiber, it burned very differently, smelled bad, and left a stiff chunky area on the remaining fabric. I then tested the other pinwale corduroy for my other, as yet unsewn, SWAP pinafore, and it was thankfully all cotton. I have a printed out chart of how to interpret burn test results for fabrics, this one is pretty inclusive: