This is not the final word by any means on Monday’s puzzle. I’m stuck like a broken record, working over Yvonne(1)’s idea. And, I was semantically challenged with frequent use of the term gusset. It was hijacking the whole conversation for me. But then, I think a gusset is an extension permitting wider range of movement as opposed to a stay regardless of its shaping. I wonder if gusset has come to refer to a triangular wedge of fabric we sew to some place -which I’d call an inset. But never mind, we never did finish that conversation so I shouldn’t have said anything.
Did anyone play with Yvonne’s second idea? I am thinking the lines of the dress are best served if the CF pleat line is sewn down a bit, certainly released above the knee which would help one walk. If I didn’t have to worry about cost considerations, I’d do the second version -with caveats to come. Her first idea is one that could be adopted if utilization was an issue but then, considering the wonky shapes of these pieces, it might not even generate the savings. Kerryn brought up the issue of blindstitching the triangular head of the pleat into place. I felt like a dope, I don’t have a blindstitch machine but know better to have thought of that. After all, I certainly rag on you enough about limiting creative solutions based on what you have or know personally.
Here’s my issue with Yvonne’s second idea -and for which there is a solution (dragging back to my pre-determined solution, heh). Did any of you print it and cut it out? It’s an easy thing, clean too. Anyway, the left side of the pleat is mirrored to catch into that catty wonky seam running over to the top hip but it is a trick to do that if the pleat backing has been attached to both sides of the back of the pleat but only one side (left) to be caught in the seam. It’s going to take a clip the depth of seam allowance, right at the CF on the back side to get it to lay flat without a bubble -and even then, you’d have to press allowances up rather than butterflying the seam. Mentally, I don’t like the look from the inside but hey, it may be the best option (of the full length pleat options). On the right side, I’d grab a bit of scrap or maybe something thinner and attach it to that free floating right side of the pleat and attach it to the seam allowances of the waist shaping on that side. Alternatively, Kerryn’s idea of blind stitching on that side could work too.
What do you think?