Friday, September 11, 2015
Yay ! I did it - Materials-that-fray shoes !
And Organza Week continues ! Frankly, I’m starting to run out of ideas, so I decided to try something I’ve been meaning to do in a dozen other materials for weeks – machine embroidery doll shoes ! Sure, I can make ‘em with felt just fine, but wouldn’t it be grand to have shoes to match darn near anything I create ? I confess, I’ve been a bit nervous about attempting to use materials that can fray, from what I can tell, nobody has ! It’s felt and vinyl and sometimes very thin leather, all the way. And I can also tell ya, organza frays like anything – one hard sneeze and the pretty print you just cut out is now a handful of split-end kitten whiskers.
Still, I’ve made enough little felt slippers to feel fairly confident with the design, so I went for it. Thanks to yesterday’s sleep mask, the right color thread was already loaded, always a plus. Decided to go with a single thickness of organza, two probably would have looked busy. One would nearly resemble antique Oriental slippers, especially if I went with my very plentiful white felt. Knowing what I know now, though, I could easily have gone with a double layer without problems.
Half an hour later, there they were. Few months ago, I asked if anyone had tried that design – originally for AG dolls, I tweaked it to suit the DP&M girls – with fray-prone fabrics, and if so, did they apply Fray Check, and at what point in production ? All I got was a round of dismissive ‘Why would you want to do that ?’ , or just plain waved away with a sort of ‘don’t bother the big people, go play somewhere else’ attitude, never an answer. Well, I got what I needed, and yeah, I’ll probably Fray Check ‘em later today, just to be safe. Nothin’ like doing things for your own darn self, no matter what anyone else thinks.
I have one more idea in mind for the end of Organza Week, nothing spectacular – I’m kind of looking forward to sewing something else for a while !