Hello Gathering Members, I’m WandaJ, and I am returning after about 2 years away. I have not had the opportunity to sew during this period as I was in graduate school and have now finished. During my break between completing my studies and finding a ‘job’ I have started sewing again, and am making 2 beautiful dresses for my granddaughters to wear to my commencement next month. The dresses are a challenge for a returning sewer as I need to regain my patience and be able to think through my creative ideas since I did not put them on paper! I’m combining 2 patterns with my thought, and the dress that I am almost finished with is gorgeous. I call it Pink Cotton Candy! The other one will be just like it only it is in a silk blend that looks like pique’ and it is white on white.
I’ve been sewing since it seems forever, and have studied on my own and apply couture sewing techniques, as well as, heirloom sewing techniques, which I learned through participation in Martha Pullen’s Arts Academey and much more reading and studying.
The question that I have is relative to puckering fabric. I saw a Butterick Pattern that I really like and am planning to make it in a slate silk linen look fabric. The ensemble consists of a jacket and sleeveless dress (Pattern No. 4655). I’d like to keep the band on the jacket’s edges and possibly sleeves plain while using the puckered fabric for the front and back.
Is there anyone that can guide me on puckering fabric and making sure that the lines meet at the shoulders and that the stitches do not come loose once the garment is made and is being worn?
I look forward to your input and will be very appreciative of it.