August 20, 2009

starting to look like stays

All the grommets are filed and the pieces are together.

There are channels right against the seam lines on all the pieces. When I sewed those channels I sewed the side next to the seam just inside the 3/8 seam allowance line, then when I sewed the seams connecting the pieces I put the needle just outside that outer channel.

I guess I could have just sewn the pieces together and then sewn those channels, but I didn't. Now the question is do I insert boning then tuck the threads away, or do I tuck them away before I slide the reed in? Maybe it doesn't make a difference, but I'm sure it does. Anyone with more experience know if it's preferable to do one before the other?


  1. I don't know which is better, but you have some nice pattern matching going on with those chickens!

  2. At the center front? I wish I could claim expert print matching, but that piece is cut on a fold. When I realized this stays pattern is one of the few pattern where the center front can be cut on a fold I thought I should take advantage of it and use the rooster Toile.