08 Nov Lagniappes
Many years ago my dear friend from New Orleans introduced me to the word lagniappe, a word Mark Twain describes as worth travelling to New Orleans to get.
A lagniappe is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase (such as a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen), or more broadly, “something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure.”
I might be stretching the meaning here, but my new garments certainly bring the word to mind for they were partially obtained gratuitously……. and I do consider those couple inches of extra fabric to be a small gift……. Maybe I just like this nifty word, but when I bought fabric for these garments
I received enough to make these, bringing the 13th doughnut to mind.
The garments are really nothing to get excited about unless you are me – in need of a few pieces to pull separates together – and my new simple pieces should take me far.
Through the years I’ve been reluctant to buy a black skirt with an elastic waistband. Like RTW Faster Andi I knew I could make one but I never got around to it. Then I saw this Eileen Fisher skirt for $158.
Using Style Arc’s Diana pattern, I made the silk jersey tank in one hour. Am I the last person on earth to discover Steam–a–Seam? I used this magical bonding material to finish the armholes and the neckline – no stretching or puckering! Where have I been?
Lastly is the silk tank I thought would be simple to put together.
Using this Kwik Sew pattern, I made a muslin first.The front required a few nips and tucks, but the back needed major surgery. I spent an entire morning making multiple back muslins. The good news is the back fits beautifully and without darts. After all of the work I put into achieving a perfect back muslin, I now hope I can integrate it into other patterns. Suggestions on how to do this are appreciated. 🙂