|By the way, the yoke is gathered, even though it looks like a big pucker in this photo.|
As if I didn't have enough problems with the bodice already. Seriously, the place where the collar and yoke joins is beyond the laws of physics—or at least my sewing skills. And the collar is bizarrely short at the back of the neck and I worry it won't roll properly. But all that aside, another so far unsolvable problem has surfaced: I don't think I could press a crease into this fabric if my life depended on it.
I'm sewing a 1940s dress from a brownish wool blend gabardine from my stash. I don't know the exact fiber content, but it refuses to press a crease. Very unfortunately, I didn't really think about this until it mattered most, at the collar and facing.
What to do, what to do? There's no way this will ever look good unless I can sharply press the collar and facing. Is there a tool I can employ? Would a clapper help? Are there any great tips from the annals of sewing history? I'm not even sure I could press it enough to topstitch the very edge.
I hope this dress isn't doomed to failure, though I think it is.
Good thing I could use a brown skirt...