Ha! I as there last week looking for some "stretchy fabric" to make
a cover for the center armrest in the car (easier to make a removable cover
than to have to clean the damn thing regularly!). Always amusing to try
explaining what you're looking for to the sales clerks -- who are
used to WOMEN coming in with very specific requests:
"Can I help you, sir?"
"Yeah, I'm looking for something stretchy..."
"What do you mean, stretchy?"
"You know, kinda like the waist band on my underwear..."
"Then you want stretch band located in aisle 397"
"No, I don't want it to be narrow like that but, rather,
"Like 15 or 18 inches" (i.e., along the length of the armrest)
"Oh, my!" (no doubt, she's wondering what I'm packing below the waist!)
"Yeah, something that I can use to make an expanding sleeve, that I
could slip over something and have it HUG it TIGHT when I let go"
(now she's REALLY starting to wonder about "it" and my "waistband"!!)
Dunno. As I said, I tend to be more of the "functional" sort of user.
And, "fashion" has never been anywhere on my list of preceivables.
SWMBO complains that I need to be reminded to make sure I have *pants*
on when I greet the mailman (woman) to receive a package!
("What's the big deal? If I was wearing shorts she'd just as much!")
I just don't look(or just ignore) if I don't like some thing.
I am not a neighborhood morale judge. Some people sure like to
expose selves, maybe that is form of disease. I have one private habit.
I always sleep naked. Best way to sleep well for me.
So you would equally like/dislike a person in scanty swimwear
the same as in equally scanty UNDERwear? That's the issue
I don't understand -- what's the difference?
I tend to sleep fully clothed -- simply because I "collapse"
when I'm too tired to stay awake! Bed, living room floor,
office chair, etc. Worry about getting undressed and cleaned
up when I "regain consciousness" :<
It sounds like you have some significant sewing/materials expertise.
Here's a question: I just finished sewing up the second trampoline for
my little outrigger canoe/trimaran
using material from the backyard trampoline that a neighbor put out for
the trash collectors.
I'll draw a perfectly straight line on this stuff, then I'll cut that
perfectly-straight line, then I'll fold a hem, iron a crease into it and
baste it using basting tape, then I will check again that it is
perfectly straight... then I will sew it and it will come out slightly
Any idea on what's going on there? I am thinking it has to be
something about the way the machine's foot compresses the weave a little
as it moves along and there's no way around it....
Or am I just wishing it was still straight before sewing ?
Not a huge deal... but inquiring minds want to know....
Your line may be perfectly straight, but the grain of the fabric may not
be perfectly straight. Plus, the material is used and may not be truly
straight to the original grain of the fabric.
With just about any fabric that has a noticeable grain there can be some
stretch to it when it's cut or sewed, and when that happens the pull
will end up being partially on the bias of the grain, which by it's
nature will stretch.
Make sense? :)
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