When I went to my local fabric shop last week to look at linens, I got kind of a sticker shock. Mind you, I went to the "expensive" shop (Fishman's) but I really wasn't expecting this fabric to be quite that expensive - it was $25 a yard! I ended up going there twice - the first time I just took a picture of the fabric to show him. I wasn't about to spend $50 plus on fabric without knowing if it was what he wanted! But he liked it, so I went back the next day to get the goods.
The fabric was labeled as Irish Handkerchief Linen, and the color Burgundy - it's a great color for his skin tone. It's incredibly soft and drapey. Given that the fabric is so luxurious, I was expecting my sewing experience to be luxurious also. But it's kind of giving me fits.
|Sorry this picture is so bad - it's so cloudy today I couldn't get a good one.|
Being fairly loosely woven, the fabric frays like crazy. So I had all the pieces spread out on my coffee table and did not touch them until they were ready to be sewn. Things went pretty well at first - I got the buttonholes, pockets and yoke done with few problems. And then I moved on to the band collar.
And it's a mess.
Somehow, the outer edge got totally stretched out - even though my outer collar is interfaced (with the fancy, expensive ultra-lightweight kind) and my inner collar was cut 1/4" smaller, as usual when making shirts. So now I have to pick the whole darn thing out again - did I mention that my thread is an EXACT match, and it's been cloudy for days? I've pulled out the big guns (my strongest reading glasses) but am still having a hard time getting going.
I spent some time today looking for advice online about sewing with handkerchief linen, especially for anything referring to stretching. But everything I've found says, "Linen is so easy to sew with! You can use it for anything! It's so stable!!"
I did find one website that recommended forgoing interfacing (fusible or otherwise) in favor of self-fabric interfacing, so I'm going to give that a try. Thankfully I had enough fabric left to cut out another 3 collar band pieces. And I've sprayed the heck out of those with Sullivan's Spray Stabilizer - I'm hoping that will help some.
Have any of you had this problem before? Anyone out there have any advice? I should have known better than to congratulate myself on my sewing lately - this project has knocked me down a peg!