This thing is a right royal pain in the neck! Partly, it has to be admitted, this was the fault of the type of ribbon I chose to use - a polyester organza! GRRR! But it looks good! The pattern suggests picot edged ribbon, but I could not find any anywhere at all, so this was a good substitute, except that it then didn't have the regular markings of the picot edge...
|First the petersham
was cut to length, the ends tidied, and the worked loops sewn in ready
for the hooks. The instructions tell you to use a large hook and
eye... I can think of few more uncomfortable things at any point
on the neck, so I chose to use two little ones with worked loops.
Next I needed to mark the 1" intervals for spacing the pleats. Had I used a fading marker, as suggested in the instructions, it would have faded before I got this lot completed, so I used a sharp chalk pencil.
|Then the first end of the ribbon was neatened. The instructions tell you to do this with Fraycheck type stuff. IKK! I turned it over and hemmed it down.|
|Marking this very
sheer ribbon was... 'interesting'. The chalk pencil lines didn't
show and brushed off way too quickly to be useful, and I ended up just
I stitched the pleats into place ready for drawing up.
|I did the gathering/pleating a bit at a time, as this ribbon is very springy and tended to curl up and escape! Once drawn up I could see that it was probably going to work very effectively.|
I had new photographic assistance for this, as I did it while babysitting a couple of kids who recently lost their mum to cancer. Sam sews with her grandmother, so she was interested in what I was doing, and helped man (or should that be 'girl'?) the camera.
Back to the Partlet On to the Final Assembly!