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SO.........WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON TODAY??
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I was happy to have an order for 3 Milan valances- the second time recently that someone finally ordered something I'd been dying to make! (The other time was the panels with the scalloped lavender lead edge.)
I assumed I'd use the M'Fay pattern, but unfortunately my valances were only 34" wide, too small for the pattern and too drastically different to modify it. I'd have to re-create it from scratch. Hurray, who doesn't love an opportunity to practice their pattern-drafting skills?
I used the designer's sketch which was drawn to scale. It took a couple of muslin copies: first to get the proportions right, and then to re-proportion it to allow the diamonds to match on the pleats.
The way that I decided to layer the fabrics required a three-step cutting process. First the face, then the face with the lining, nestling the curves to save on fabric;
then the face down against the interlining. When the valance was turned to the right side, I wanted the interlining layer to be seam allowance layer that sat next to the face fabric, because I didn't want the bumpy embroidery to show through.
Grading the seams, clipping the concave curves, notching the convex curves, turning, and pressing takes as much time as the actual sewing.
On four of the six pieces I needed to re-sew the curve because I didn't get close enough to the microcord the first time, like this:
I staple-basted because I had a funny feeling that I'd have to do some adjusting of the pleats on the board, and I was right. It took some fiddling to get everything just right.