Let's just put them together cause they belong together: Decadent Art Deco! The lushness of working the duchess silk into clean crisp lines... oh the exhilaration of it all! Can you tell I'm happy :))
So duchess silk ain't just for bridal anymore... Picture this:
Fitted dress with or without sleeves, and insertion design of your choice on sleeves, waist, hip, neckline, back... possibilities endless.
How about a coat or jacket, how stunning would that be!! And remember; the insertion does not have to be a different color. Same color/different texture is sublime as well.
So, bottom line; you gotta try this. If it's a new technique, skip the corners and practice with straight lines first. Measure everything exact, and sew exactly as measured.
There is no trick, no expertise, just measurements and careful basting.
I think I will try rounded or circular insertions next. But I have to keep in mind that Art Deco lines work with my body, not against it, so any rounded curves will have to be kept to a minimum. But for you LauraLo, I'd recommend heading straight for the rounded shapes which will look stunning on your hourglass figure ;-)
And even though I'm presently drooling over my silk, I can see this on other textures as well. But there is something absolutely fabulous about the shine and body of duchess silk that works so well with this technique.
Anyway, here's how I'm finishing the inside of the insertion:
After pressing the seam allowances onto the insertion, I catch-stitched the seam allowance in place. I will be adding silk organza underlining next, which will cover and shield the raw seams.
And Mardel; I didn't do all of last post in one day!! Oh my goodness, no! I had already fitted the muslin and drawn the design way back, before I even started the Chanel jacket. And the insertion was done over a few days. I'm really really slow :))