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June Sew this & that

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Marion Mulligan & Rita Yates

“The Importance of Being Well Fitted” is the name of our next sewing workshop, held at the Washington County Extension office on Wednesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by and learn the mysteries of fitting clothes. ‘This & That’ will be available to advise on basic body measurements, good bra fitting and any problem areas.

Our feature story this month is hilarious, as it tells about boobs or no boobs. What is the question?  Do we use the padded thingies to hoist, or what about the silicone stick-on ones?  Hmmmm.  Gosh, what a dilemma.

These young graduate girls have to go through with their billowing skirts, nets and tulle and bra cups overflowing!   This & That came to the rescue with keeping those ‘little girls’ under control!  Our conclusion is that less is best and also nicer, and can be enhanced if needed with special fitting in that area.  Call (859) 336-0807 or (859) 336-0153 for help.

An experience last month began with a young opera singer. Her gown of black and grey satin and numerous skirts of tulle needed a new zipper and bodice adjustment around the ‘you know what-ies.” After the final fitting and all was comfortable, suddenly we were surrounded by Puccini’s wonderful aria of “O Mio Babbino Caro.”  We stood stock still listening to this beautiful young girl’s voice with tears running down our cheeks. “O My Dear Father” it begins — The dress looked lovely - especially when both ‘little girls’ were in place.

Here’s our tip for the month: Try a milkshake-size straw and eraser end of a lead pencil to help turn a small or skinny tube of fabric right-side out.

Also, the Gadget of the month: Maybe you already used this. Instead of using a seam ripper, try very carefully using a one-sided razor blade to un-sew a seam. It’s quick and easy, but one simple slip may cause cutting into the fashion fabric, so be careful. It’s worth a try, anyway.

Body measurements are the theme of our next workshop. To our dismay, ‘This and That’ have found our own body measurements have changed, too.  Things seem to have shifted (due to gravity or something). While recently making a dress, we found that adjustments in new and different places were needed more than ever before. We women do lose height, the back measurement from the base of the neck changes, the bust seems to drift downward over time and the upper arm measurement changes. All of this affects the length also. The waist seems to be higher in the back than it is in the front. So, the lesson learned here is:  take new measurements and additional measurements every few years and after a weight gain or loss. Also, making a test garment out of muslin or other less expensive fabric is time well spent.