Belt, braces and basting

or: why painstaking pinning proves perfection (im)possible

Sewing velvet is something else...
A small test showed pinning was not enough. Nor was basting.

So, not to lose too much time (and fabric) testing methods, now I first pin the edges, then pin a bit inside, then baste near the edge, and baste again a bit inside the seamline. It works, sort of.
(Second basting not yet done)

And I'm glad I'm only making two of these!

However, I think they are going to look stunning - especially when the golden snakes are in place!

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