It’s awfully useful being a polymath, don’t you think? For example, once you understand that a doughnut is the same as a coffee mug, then it’s just a short jump to sewing.
Because one thing that fascinates me about costuming was how you can take a variety of oddly shaped and definitely flat pieces of fabric…
…and turn them into…
It has never failed to amaze me.
So it’s a good thing that I have a spatially oriented science-fu brain, because today nearly drove me around the bend. I can’t imagine trying to figure this out without a lifetime of watching spheres turn inside out.
I was working on the sashes for the waistband. The hard part was that we—and by that I mean Craig—decided that we needed a strip of color on the sashes. That means covered piping, plus a lining to give the monks cloth enough body to survive being tied repeatedly.
Here are three of the four colors:
Here’s what makes this hard: the sash is sewed as a tube, then turned inside out. (See the belt loops for a simpler example.) That means you have to figure out how to enclose the piping along the seam so that when you turn the whole thing inside out, you get a flat sash with the colored piping emerging from the seam.
I sketched some possibilities, but mentally I knew they wouldn’t reverse properly. Finally I had to build a prototype out of muslin:
See the circled part? That’s the casing for the piping. [N.B.: Jobie is not allowed to comment on this photo.]
When you turn this inside out, it looks like this:
So that works.
First step is to baste the piping into its casing:
Then apparently magic happens, because I have no photos of the layering/ironing/pinning process. It was not fun. I have decided that I will be a) serging the edges of all pieces of monks cloth; and b) basting them onto the lining. Otherwise, there are too many loose edges that don’t get caught up into the seams. In fact, if I serge the edges of the monks cloth—just now realizing this… doh…—I can just straight stitch the whole thing.
(Now I’m wondering if I need to back up and re-do my sashes…)
Here it is, unturned:
Again, Jobie is not allowed to comment.
And what does it look like when finished?
It really is pretty. But I think I’m going to remake them tomorrow.