That’s probably the best description of how I work… See for yourself:
This is my workspace/bed. You’re looking at: all my Zombie Queen pattern pieces cut up (spent hours during today ironing and cutting and marking and ironing on interfacing), pattern instructions, cutting mat (which I place on my lap for a flat surface when I work on my bed), sewing gauge, other bits of fabric, a fan and my duvet!
Just out of shot is my laptop – a vital piece of equipment! Today I’ve been watching numerous bits and pieces while sewing, including Kirstie’s Homemade Home. She can be a bit silly and extravagant with her spending and she has a little go at making things before leaving the experts to take over, but I do appreciate her goal – to show everyone that homes don’t have to be all flat-pack, super-sleek modernity, just like the one next door (where they have the same Ikea/Argos/whatever sofa as you!). I really appreciate her second-hand and antique shopping (though I suspect she gets good deals because she’s on TV, but, hey, if you can manage it, why not?) and her mission to encourage people to use artisans and craftspeople and to have a go at modifying and creating things themselves. Plus, she visits some pretty WOW places.
But back to the sewing… I mentioned iron-on interfacing, which backs all of the bodice pieces of the pattern, which is fine, but it just doesn’t seem to be sticking properly for me. I had a similar problem before with hemming stuff which I used to attach the two colours of fabric on the silk cuff, but I figured that was because it was very cheap stuff and the temperature was quite low because of the silk. But I’m having the same problem again. I turned the iron up a bit, but didn’t want to take it too high as it is polyester satin (mmm… classy! And so static-y! And possibly melty if I’m not careful!). I put a damp cloth over the top and even counted out the twelve seconds it gave on the instructions… and still bits of it aren’t properly sticking (and it’s coming off as I’m handling – luckily I’m sewing it at this point, so it’s attached). I even went back over it without the cloth and tried ironing for a bit longer. But nothing seemed to make any difference… Any tips for getting this stuff to work?!
And another thing I mentioned earlier, but more positively… I’ve decided the sewing gauge is a top buy. It was only £1.20 and it’s so useful – my sewing has suddenly become infinitely more straight and neat than it was and considering I’m probably going to be sewing this costume completely by hand, that’s important! I love it. Absolutely invaluable.