I tried to make a pocket this morning. Tried being the key word here. I've never made a pleated pants pocket before and I wrongly assumed it would be no biggy and take me maybe half an hour or so. Apparently I was wrong. The Gods of Sewing were against me once again this week as I tried to fuse my interfacing. It just wasn't happening.
First I tried the old fashioned way: a damp cloth, a steam iron, high heat for 10 seconds. Nothing.
So I tried again with a different piece of the interfacing and some fabric scraps. Still nothing.
I tried sticking the interfacing to a piece of scrap fabric by putting the steam iron directly on it and pressing the steam button about 10 times. Nope.
Next I took some scraps and sprayed water directly on the interfacing and hit them with about 30 seconds of high high heat. Still no stick, but I did manage to melt my fabric scraps a bit. Awesome.
This is the last time I trust the information on the bolt! Fusible interfacing my butt, this stuff wouldn't stick to fabric if I used superglue!
So off to the store I will go after work today. I'm going straight to the notions section and getting that cheap stuff for embroidery. I know that sticks. Don't judge me for buying prepackaged stuff, you'd do it too if you wanted to finish a pair of shorts by the end of the week. At the very least I learned that if these shorts catch on fire while I'm wearing them they will melt to my skin and give me severe burns. I'll have to keep that in mind.
But, I'm still hopeful about my Rubys. I still love them and their buttons. And I also decided to join a summertime sewing project hosted by Ms. Ali.
The plan is to make five summer essentials. The goal is to stock your closet with quality summer basics. Ali has laid out some categories, but the rules are pretty loosy goosey. Just make five(ish) garments by August(ish). Mine will as usual be retro and under $25.00.
First few items on the menu I've mentioned before.
Item 1, the Rubys. It's not cheating if I haven't finished them before the start of this new sew-a-long... right?
Item 2, 80s Swimsuit.
Still working on what fabric to choose. Pink in the middle is winning, but yellow herringbone is a close second.