Thursday, January 15, 2009

Talk Back Thursday

Thank you so much to Wendy, Summerset, Lindsay T, Becky, Lisa Laree, Mamafitz, Lori, Miss Linda, Christine, Karima, Sarah, Gaylen and Elaina for "talking back" to my confession last Friday! I confessed that I'm not super conscientious about transferring pattern markings to my fabric, and asked how others dealt with this.

The two big issues were (a) when to mark and (b) how to mark.

On the question of when to mark, there was a range of responses. Some people transfer every single pattern mark to fabric conscientiously, while others only mark when “absolutely necessary”.

Features that were called out as important to mark include: tuck & dart lines, sleeves (especially to capture front versus back), princess seams, collars and any unusual constructions.

The how to mark question also brought out a variety of responses, including some neat ideas that were new to me!

Six people called out tailor tacks and/or thread tracing, making these the most commonly mentioned methods.

Next up, paper and a tracing wheel, cutting notches (outward from fabric) and snipping into the seam allowances were all tied for “second place”.

Wendy explicitly called out Clover® marking paper as being better than the chalk-based paper that is readily available at Joann’s, although it contains wax and so you have to be careful not to iron it into the fabric.

Other methods mentioned included chalk, pins, and water soluble pens – although Mamafitz has a nightmare story about making a dress full of pleats and tucks while in high school, and having the supposedly disappearing ink of her marking pen REAPPEAR after she washed and ironed the dress! Needless to say, she has never used this since…

Two new ideas to me – Summerset sometimes uses a regular pencil to mark her fabrics and Lindsay sometimes uses adhesive label dots to flag notches.

Summing up, while no one really seems to love marking, everyone seems to agree that, at least for certain aspects of a garment, marking is very important. ;)

Thank you again to everyone who took the time and trouble to talk about your philosophy and method(s) of marking! :)