return to camp chanel: wherein i sin, twice

by the end of day two, camp chanel was basically a non-stop marathon for me.  i had big dreams and lots of work to do.

gray thread...

gray thread…

and yet i was still shocked when i ran out of thread, probably because i had already been to jo-ann twice that day.  so i just casually swapped…

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to purple thread.  i am pretty sure no one noticed, because i was quilting godets like a madwoman.

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cutting the godets turned out to be a huge deal, because i was almost literally out of fabric.  i had thought i had nearly five yards but it was probably closer to three and every snip into the fabric would affect anything else i wanted to accomplish.  no pressure there!  i cut the godets on the bias, both for drape and for visual interest.  by some miracle (a passover miracle?  but it was more like the never-ending oil of chanukah…) i had enough fabric for four godets, in two sets that mirrored each other.

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here you can see the awesome way the bias shows in the godets

fortunately, quilting the godets was a cinch.  mostly because susan uttered words i never expected to hear from her in my life:  bag them out so they are pre-hemmed and quilt right off the edges.

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close-up of godet insertion

say WHAT?!?!
dude, i can so do that.

anyone need a pattern weight?

anyone need a pattern weight?

by tuesday night, i had four godets and two sleeves ready for insertion.  both as a design intention and as a necessity, i went for a half-sleeve.  this allowed me to use a two-piece sleeve rather than a three-piece sleeve, because three pieces would have unnecessarily cluttered up the lines of the shorter sleeve.  bonus:  a two-piece sleeve takes up less fabric!

i focused then on cleaning up the inside of my sleeves and jackets so that everything was mostly done – done enough, at least, to try on a sleeve and finalize the sleeve placement.  this took approximately four episodes of series 6 project runway (susan laughed when i explained my method of measuring time, but it made sense to me…)

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a note on tools:  i ended up switching over to a japanese needle for this handwork.  amazingly, it made a huge difference.

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and then by wednesday morning, i had this:

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8 Responses to return to camp chanel: wherein i sin, twice

  1. Tia Dia says:

    hehehe…. surprising how lovely unexpected words can be! Bagging hems indeed! And now you’re almost there. It’s going to be gorgeous!

  2. Clio says:

    Wow. Your sins were absolved! Looking awesome!

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