Friday, February 5, 2010

Ironing Curves

I used to do a lot of tailoring and had wonderful equipment to help in the process, but over the years, I changed course and gradually got rid of everything. One of the things was a tailors ham. It resembles a stuffed oblong ball and great for ironing curves. You know Murphy's Law - the minute you toss something, you need it. Well, I could have used a tailors ham today. I was ironing the bodice on my daughter's gown and didn't want to wreck the silk or put unnecessary wrinkles in it - so here's what I came up with. I found a styrofoam ball in my closet - about 5" in diameter.
I cut off the bottom so it would sit flat on my ironing board.
I then covered it with batting (you can also use flannel or felt) - all will stick to the styrofoam. I laid it over the top and molded it to the ball with my hand.
And then placed the curve to be ironed, over it.
Before ironing, I covered the silk bodice with a press cloth of silk organza, sheer enough for heat to penetrate and also the same heat tolerance as the fabric underneath.
Worked like a charm and a beautiful pressing job, I'm patting myself on the back for this one.


  1. You are clever with that pressing idea. You are very brave to be sewing the wedding dress.

  2. Sweet!
    Now I know not to give away my ham! lol