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26 August 2004 @ 08:31 pm
Here's the thing: I really, really can not sew.

I must make the attempt, though. Why, you may ask? Because if I leave it to the costumer, it will either not get done or will get done half-assed. Hell, I can do the latter on my own! Okay, maybe quarter-assed.

I managed to repair the threadbare spot on my rain-bodice. That boning should stay put for a while. Now, I'm attempting to fix the largest of the tears on my rain-skirt. Not pretty. My stitches are uneven and lumpy, and I've managed to sew untorn bits of skirt to each other. If you thought I looked like Bag Lady Marian before, look out!


When they handed out sewing skills, I was on the jousting line.
I feel: distressedperplexed
ptimonyptimony on August 26th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
You've come a long way since playing the rag picker... Then again... maybe not! FULL CIRCLE, BABY!

(Incidentally, I've come full circle too... My first year I played the Village Idiot.)

Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on August 26th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
Don't despair.
A person isn't born knowing how to sew - or joust. They are skills, and need to be learned. I offer the following tips:

If you don't like the way it looks, tear out the stitches and do it over. When you get it looking better, you'll be happy you did. I tore apart part of my bodice three times and then, frustrated, set it aside for a week (which I know you may not have) but then I got it to look the way I wanted it to and that made the effort worthwhile.

The iron is your friend. If you iron the part you are about to sew, it'll lie flat (or however it's ironed) and it'll help with the sewing.

Use pins. The more the merrier. Stop and repin, or add pins if you need to.

When I sew by hand, I use small stitches and do a straight stitch in one direction so it looks like - - - - - and then at the end of the row turn around, go back and fill in the holes the other way so it looks "full" -------. (Does that make sense?)

Kelladyjoust on August 26th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't despair.
Thanks! They are excellent tips indeed.

You are right, though, in that I don't have time. I need to wear these items this weekend, and I'm rehearsing tomorrow. What I'm doing is just mending, not building, so in theory it ought not be so bad.

In theory. ;)
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on August 26th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't despair.
If you ever want help, you know you can ask me anytime.
Kerryscreamingdolai on August 27th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)
Honey, you want your stuff fixed? Give it to Aramis or Athos, and ask them to approach Ms. B. I can't decide if it's funny or scary or sad that actually works.
Vampcursevampcurse on September 2nd, 2004 05:22 am (UTC)
I went on a rant in my LJ about Ms. B. I was so completely irritated about that whole situation that I'm not even sure if makes complete sense, but it definitely made me feel better. :-)