Lessons From Quilting

I finished the tunic (well, almost) and two scarves.Lani Longshore tunic and scarves

The assembly went as well as could be expected. Also, I realized quilting can help with garment construction:

Use fabric that hides seams.

Lani Longshore back dart

When I was learning how to quilt – by hand and by machine – I was advised to use busy backings that would hide the thread. The dark blue silk hides the seams beautifully. As you can see in the picture, that back dart is barely visible.

Don’t point out your errors. There are plenty in this tunic, but it’s comfortable and drapes well and I’m happy.

If it’s there, it must be right. Mary Ellen Hopkins used to say that about fabric choice. Don’t explain why you used teal in a forest scene, orange in the sky, hunter green in a shadow. Likewise, I’m seriously considering angling the hem on this garment. That’s the way it hangs now, and it’s kind of a cool look.

If you must use headstrong fabric, treat it with the same patience you would a cranky toddler. The silk hides seams beautifully, but stretches horribly (even with stay-stitching – thus the hem that hangs at an angle). Careful pinning can save a frayed temper, but acceptance is sometimes the only way to maintain one’s sanity.

Iron that thing into submission. Good pressing technique is essential. My home ec teacher would have given her eye teeth if I had realized that bit of wisdom in school. Better late than never.

If all else fails, distract the viewer’s eye with something fun.

Lani Longshore scarf detail

Scarf detail

Luck and wisdom!

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2 Responses to “Lessons From Quilting”

  1. thenaughtybun Says:

    Lovely makes, and great lessons. I totally agree!

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