I’m about to make a heretical confession, so listen up:
I don’t like sewing with cotton
*Pause for effect*
I know, I know… cotton is the most user friendly fiber that exists. I love the prints (which are easier to find than my preferred rayons) and it is pretty easy to sew. I always recommend starting with cotton for new sewers. So what’s the problem?
Well, for me it’s an issue of upkeep. Truth be told, no matter how good my intentions, I hate to iron. And I know that anything I make from cotton will require ironing before every wear (and may still give the appearance of an unkempt hobo by midday). I don’t know if I’m just prone to wrinkles, but nothing stays ironed on me for more than five minutes.
Then there is the issue of weight and drape. I most often make dresses, and I order most fabric online due to the lack of local sources in my city. And many sites are remarkably vague about their offerings, leaving off critical information such as “Fabric is sheer. Must be lined or risk social suicide.” (Ann at Gorgeous fabrics always lists if something is sheer, and I love her for that!) Not all voiles are equal – some are sheer, others just drape well. Some sateens are lovely and soft, others stand away from your body like a suit of polka-dotted armor.
Which brings me to my current project. Yes, I found my pattern, and now I’ve cut the fabric. I’m in the midst of construction, but I’m having an issue. This fabric (which is one the stiff side, thus why I chose it for this fitted pattern) wrinkles if I so much as think about it from another room. It will wrinkle on its way from the ironing board to the machine. Seriously, it is terrible. I wasn’t planning on lining the dress, but I will if it would help with the wrinkling. So what do you say? Will lining help with my issues, or will I end up with an outfit that can only be worn while standing up?
Please note that it has been carefully hanging over a railing, not crumpled up in a ball under the bed. I’m also not thrilled with how those princess seams look – no matter how I clip, trim, and which way I press them, they always look wrinkly. Of course, it will look different with a body inside, but I’m wondering… is it worth it? I’m considering throwing in the towel on this one, but I need some advice. I have a really hard time giving up on projects, and I have too many that I never wear!