Monday, November 4, 2013
Fighting with Fabric
These 5 bears were a custom order. The buyer said that her mother had recently passed away, after being housebound for over a year.
While housebound, she wore what the buyer called "polyester loungers." I don't know if everyone thinks the same thing when they hear those words, but an elderly, housebound woman in my family would have been wearing pink or butter yellow spongy polyester with little flowers or bunnies on it.
When she said that, I quaked. When a very small package arrived in the mail, I was puzzled. Then I opened it. Her mom was not that polyester lounger lady. She wore polyester charmeuse caftans - the box contained one with a blocky, jewel-toned animal print, another in turquoise with red, gold and magenta peacocks, and a third in emerald green and bright blue with gold scrolls, cherubs and leaves.
Beautiful for scarves. Pretty for blouses. Pretty damned glamorous for a housebound woman. But to sew with? Slippery as hell, let me tell you. And every seam that had to be stitched shut after stuffing had to be interfaced first so it wouldn't self-destruct.
But in the end, I'm really happy with them. Not as happy as the buyer will be - I sent her a photo and she's literally jumping up and down to get her hands on them - but happy that I survived working with such a tricky fabric.
It really makes me appreciate wool.