Thanks. I do like that camicia. Very spiff, but 'way beyond what I
can do embroidery-wise at this stage. The sewing, no problem. The
fancy needlework...different story.
So far only one person suggested (and that was to my personal e-mail
account) that the edge might be managed very neatly without turning
under a hem. Everyone else has said, "Turn under the raw edge and hem
Blind-stitching a hem isn't difficult---really, it isn't---so that
won't be a problem.
The one thing I'm just not sure of is that the fabric I'm using, while
it "seemed like a good idea when I bought it," is heavier than I
choose today for fine work. And what I'm sort of fretful about is
hemming it, and then finding after hemming and embroidering is that
it's *so* "bodiful" (yes, made that up) it won't 'ruffle' so much as
'sheet metal crimp:' large, sharp, bulky creases and angles instead of
Right now, that neckline is a raw cut edge. Well, it does have a
shallow machine zig-zag securing the raw edge until I do *something*
to finish it.
This is one of those annoying cottons which *creases* or wrinkles but
doesn't 'hold a crease' the way I'd like for it to do. Starching that
edge might help...I suppose... Hmmm. <kicks mental gears into slow,
Oh---I should state: this "ruffle" is actually just the gathered top
edge of the camicia, so the frill is integral to the garment.
Possibly I've been misleading you all by saying "ruffle."
Thank you for your suggestions. :D I'm much encouraged.
--- In Italian_Renaissance_Costuming@yahoogroups.com
Annikki%20Raiford <annikki@...> wrote:
> Mmm, that's scrummy.
> I've done this on ruffles on men's shirts before, but they weren't
very fine linen. Basically, the ruffle is a long strip of linen.
> I fold it in half, lengthwise, and press it. Then I open it up, and
backstitch along the fold with a line of embroidery. When the ruffle
is done, the fold finishes the edge and is colored.
> If I were to do this on a more sheer fabric for a camicia, I think I
would finish one edge of the ruffle with a hand sewn blind hem, then
go around and around the edge with the embroidery thread. I looked
online for a good how-to on hand sewn blind hems, but doesn't look
like there are any. :( If the fabric held a crease, you could always
do a tiny double fold (so the raw edge is hidden), then go around with
embroidery floss, forgetting about the actual blind hem.
> Adele Desfontaines