I found this image on Pinterest, and unfortunately I was unable to trace it back to its original source, but I found indications that it is from the Royal Ontario Museum. Anyway, I loved the puff trim and decided to replicate it.
Here are my materials:
|Strips of silk, strips of batting, matching thread, and a long grabby device*|
|Very crude drawing of my vision of the final trim placement|
I placed a pin there to mark it:
I started from the back side, where the seam was:
I pulled the needle through to the front, then wrapped the thread around:
And stuck it back in through the front, coming out near the knot in the back:
Pulling this tight gathered up the tube:
And I tied another knot to hold it in place, and cut my thread:
Now it was time to add stuffing. I had cut 4" wide strips of batting, which I folded over:
And cut 2" squares:
Now with my grabby thing* I took hold of the batting square:
And stuffed it into the tube:
Starting from the center meant I had less distance to travel with each puff, since both ends of the tube were open and I could go in from either side.
Pretty soon I had a row of puffs! When I got to the end, I turned in the edges:
And whipped them closed with large stitches:
Which I then pulled up to gather the end:
And secured it with a final stitch:
Knotted it tightly, and I was done!
Then I started over from the other end of the tube, and followed the same process. This end I left open, so I could connect the next tube to it. I pinned the row of puffs in place on my gown skirt:
After I finished the next row, I attached the tubes by folding in the edges of one, and inserting the end of the other:
Then I whipped them together in largely the same manner as I had closed the previous end:
And drew these stitches tight as well:
And my calculations were correct that two strips was enough for one side!
I found that the grabby thing* was also useful for turning the tubes inside out. Just grab the seam allowance at one end:
Stuff it into the opening:
And push it through, out to the other side:
I also found that silk thread is not the best thing to use for this purpose, as the thread is slippery enough that the knots occasionally pop through the fabric. I switched to cotton/polyester thread halfway through the first row of puffs, and it went much better.
*I'm sure that "grabby thing" is totally the technical term for it. I bought mine at Lowe's several years ago.