Queue for the Zoo Pinafores
A friend of the Quimper Hitty human bought us a piece of Tana Lawn from Liberty of London. Opal and Agathe LOVE the pattern, which is called Queue for the Zoo.
Because of their impatience, the first project was a quick little pinafore each.
I like to press finished garments before they are worn. To do this for Hitty clothes, I have made two sandbags. One is about the width of a Hitty’s shoulders, and the length to about her knees, and is shown in this picture. The other is a little wider than a pencil and longer than Hitty’s arm. I use that one for pressing Hitty sleeves. Both are filled with clean fine white sand.
Using one end of the sandbag as the “shoulders”, I wrap the garment around it. Holding the other end of the sandbag, I press the edges, seams or whatever else I need to flatten (e.g. the bodice during construction). By press, I mean literally pressing down, not rubbing the iron back and forth. The most important trick during pressing is to let the garment cool while still wrapped around the sandbag in the shape you want it to be. Pressing takes a while…
…but it makes a big difference if you let it cool in the shape you are aiming for – pressed on the right, not yet pressed on the left of this picture.
I have to say that Opal and Agathe could care less about whether their pinafores are pressed or wrinkly, but I like to at least start them off tidily!