I am good at a lot of things. I am not good at even more things, including, but not limited to, gardening and sewing with elastic. I really discovered this when trying to sew the Tara top. It’s a beautiful top, with fluttery sleeves and a gorgeous, deep neckline. I love it now, but let me tell you, or better yet, let Nora and Benedikta tell you, about my experience with that top. After only three mini-disasters, I was successful, but not until I tried using a round elastic cord instead of a flat elastic tape to create the fit under the bust. I’m sure many of you had no problem with this, but I’ve decided one’s relationship with elastic is based on the Love/Hate concept. Much like a gardeners relationship with snakes. Snakes are necessary because they keep more plant-destroying predators at bay, but hated because they so sneakily appear and cause fright.
This week I’ll share the discovery that allowed me, at last, to finish at least one version of the top (and no, I did not discover a rare breed of snake— but how cool would that be!). Using zigzag stitches and a round elastic cord saved my sanity! (Okay, now you are wondering, where is she going with this snake thing? Well, normally, I don’t care much for snakes, but I recently saw a fantastic (and frightening special) about “freak” animals, including a two headed albino snake, and ever since have not been able to get reptiles, snakes, and other creatures out of my head. ) Using this technique, the cord transformed into a strong snake, slithering through blades of grass, and pulling the ground up underneath it as it goes. This snake, thankfully, does not have two heads. But seriously, the cord works. It can be as long as necessary and shortened afterwards, so there is no worry about cutting the elastic too short and too tight. So I’ve faced my fear (of elastic, and of snakes!) And then I made this how to, in case other BurdaStyle members find themselves in a similar position as they tackle the newest patterns.