Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Readers, here's my confession: I glued the underlining! This will no doubt sound wacky and ill-advised. But I came across the tip in Claire Shaeffer's The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts, and she's a lady I respect. So I cut the fashion fabric and batiste underlining out separately, and laid out the fashion fabric pieces, wrong side up. Make tiny dots of fabric glue (I used a brand called Sobo, pictured above) in the seam allowances every couple inches. Lay the batiste piece on top and run your hands over the top of the fabric to make sure it's secured. Set the pieces aside to dry. Done!
I will say that this method doesn't work well with an organza underlining because the glue seeps through the organza and makes a mess.
Shaeffer's philosophy is that shortcuts are good things. If they make life easier and do the job well, what's the harm?
Have any favorite shortcuts of your own?