Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wherein I Contemplate the Folly of My Ways
I am now at the stage of the red tuxedo project where I regret ever taking it on and can be heard muttering to the dog, "Why oh why did I say I would be happy to do it?" And I haven't even started sewing yet.
If you have ever tailored a man's suit, you will know there are about a million pattern pieces and an array of interfacings and linings. A fine worsted wool or silk might make all the work feel like it is worth the effort, but a poly/cotton blend? Not only am I cursing John Rex Whinfield and James Tennant Dickson for inventing polyester, I despair for the future of the human race for allowing such a vile material to continue to be manufactured and sold. And while I'm at it, a pox on Fabricland for selling me their shi**y fusible weft interfacing that is shedding micro beads of glue all over my ironing board.
Please forgive me for my bad attitude. I actually have a question for you. A suit has a lot of markings that need to be transferred to the cloth. I would normally use tracing paper and a wheel, but the afore-mentioned shi**y interfacing will not hold a mark of any kind. And did I mention that the whole front of the suit, with three welt pockets, vertical darts, buttonholes and various matching dots is completely interfaced? Thread tracing and tailor tacks are my only option and there is a very stubborn, deep dark part of me that cannot abide the idea of taking the time to do thread tracing on polyester. (So here I am, procrastinating by venting my frustration in a blog posting.)
My question? Do you, my brilliant and beloved reader, have a solution for me? Preferably one that doesn't involve me ingesting large amounts of red wine or uttering the word "No!" Ideally, you have a few elves lounging idly around twiddling their small thumbs, and you can send them my way. I hear elves are very good at tailor's tacks.