So, I'm a jerk. I've learned yet another thing about sewing, a lesson that goes hand in hand with why a seam ripper is so very important:
7) NEVER pick a fabric where there is not a clear right and wrong side.
Apparently batik fabrics are super guilty of this, which you may remember is exactly what I've sewing this dress with. Earlier this week, I spent an evening assembling the dress yoke...
...only to have pull out all my hard work. It was a pretty intricate part of the dress, as intricate parts of shift dresses go. I had to attach the body and yoke dress linings and exteriors. Separately. To one another. With gathering. And hemming. And with three out of the four pieces of fabric I needed to attach in all of this look very similar and have no clear right or wrong sides (and the other one BORING white). It did not end well.
The long and the short of it is that after meticulous basting, stay stitching, edge stitching and regular stitching (yes, there are all real and different sewing methods), I needed the mother of all seam rippers: the yoke was attached inside out.
|Can you spot the difference???|
And to make it worse, I did not yet have a seam ripper of my own. And I promise that a splayed open pair of fabric scissors was not going to cut it for this one. I thought I saw a seam ripper in my sewing bag from eons ago, but it turns out what I thought was a handle was actually a small vial of sewing machine oil. I debated testing it's flammability and really taking care of the problem, but chose instead to put the dress aside, shut off the light, close the door, and have a drink.
The next day, I headed to Gayfeathers and bought a seam ripper and talked over the problem with my girl there. She laughed and reassured me that there will be a lot of this in my future. How very reassuring.