Sunday, October 26, 2008

Penguin Progress Part 7b

Riddle: Why do penguins carry fish in their beaks?

So you may have been wondering what all the source of my frustration was from post 7a, and the answer is..... bias tape.

Sewing the bias tape to the neckline was a giant pain in the a**. I broke something like 5 needles during my attempts (I lost count). The difficult part was getting past the seams which were thick and doubled over in some places because of the construction, and the extra thickness the padding in the wings added made it difficult to turn the costume very smoothly. I really was ready to throw in the towel. I didn't, though. I managed to fight my way through and get it sewn on to both of them. It doesn't look incredibly pretty, but it's on there, and I guess it's not TOOO bad for a costume - at least that's what I'm telling myself.

The horribly wavy stitching, the knots in some places - sigh. You may have even noticed the two lines on the back part - that's because the directions said to baste it on the inside and then stitch it on the outside, but back there where there's two lines is where I was unable to get out the stitches because they were too small from my machine getting snagged on the seams. Anyways, on the second costume I just did the stitching once to save myself some aggravation. It was a good choice.

Answer: Because they haven't got any pockets.


Gwen said...

Yikes! That does sound like a pain! :(

But, you got it! :)

And, okay, it looks a little bit rough in your close-up picture - but who's going to be peering at the necklines up close? NO ONE!

Everyone is going to be looking at their adorable faces and saying, "Oh! Look at the cute penguins!!!" :)

PS - are you deliberately tormenting us by not showing pictures of the complete outfits?

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