1. Sewing knits
2. Making muslins
Recently, I addressed my knit aversion buy purposely seeking out, buying and sewing more knits. Now, I'm about to vanquish my other sewing demon. I gotta to make a muslin.
My future son-in-law is a lieutenant in the Marines and was recently deployed to the middle east (please pray for him) so the wedding won't be happening for quite a while. In the meantime, I have plenty of time to learn to love muslins. There are other things in my favor:
- I've made my DD's prom gowns, so I'm not a total novice to formal wear.
- She's bringing home a wedding dress that belonged to a co-worker's daughter so I can study it up close.
- In addition to buying the ultimate muslin book, I have Claire Shaeffer's Couture Techniques Workshop DVD, Claire Shaeffer's Couture Sewing Techniques, and last but not least, Susan Khalje's Bridal Couture.
Yet, with all these resources, I'm still apprehensive. I've been sewing for more than 40 years and I've encountered lots of techniques, including some of the techniques used in wedding gowns. It's not so much the techniques or processes that worry me (although I AM worried; especially if she wants lace), but I've never sewn a project with such strong emotional connotations. I'll be lucky if I don't cry all over the dress!
So, if anyone has any advice, tips, sources and resources, stimulants, sedatives or liquor, please share!