Photo from Mail Online
The Duchess of Cambridge was caught out by the wind as she arrived at a wedding in south Oxfordshire, just over a week ago. I am betting that it will not happen again. Maybe her mother in law, Her Majesty the Queen, has not passed on her tip to avoid this situation.
It is very simple.
It is a tip Margaret Thatcher shared during a non political television interview from Downing Street. She told us it was passed on to her, by the Queen.
This wonderful tip came in two parts:
- Never press the hem of a skirt or dress, it means the length can be altered to suit fashion whims, without leaving a telltale mark.
- Use fine curtain lead hem tape threaded through the dress hem, to stop it blowing about on a windy day.
Lead hem tape in different weights to suit different fabrics.
Close up of the lead weight tape.
The fine 14g tape would do the trick on the lightweight fabric of the dress above, without upsetting the line of the outfit.
Sorry, the line spacing is a law unto itself right now and bugging me no end.
That’s a good tip.
My dress hem clings to the hair on my legs, so I do not have that problem.
Tilly – the finest weights are excellent for dress hems.
Gail – You know you can have treatment for that, but beware: You reach all the top notes with ease!!!
Thanks for the advice. Good idea.
I think we all deserve a Marilyn Monroe moment in our lives. Not least a Duchess.
If it had to be one or the other who’s dress got blown by the wind, I would prefer Kate Middleton to Maggie Thatcher.
First time I’ve ever heard of lead thread. Lovely Duchess though.
Great idea for lungi wearing men too!
Ha ha, you don’t think this was deliberate? 😀
Judy – It is a little tip that I have often used.
Ursula – Some people like to show off their wares, others prefer the illusion. The photo reminded me of the solution, so I decided to share it.
Fossie – I doubt if you are alone with that thought.
Celia – It is a purpose made fine roll of fabric filled with little metal weights, rather than a thread.
Ramana – I never though of that.
WWW – Maybe, but I doubt it.
Well, I swan! The things I learn here! 🙂 Now I have no excuses at all.
Alice – Absolutely none! 😉
Use <small>[text]</small> under your photos for the captions.
Also, if the lines are being weird on hitting return/enter press shift or control (forget which) whilst pressing return.
Hopefully that’ll solve the line-spacing issue.
Phil – Thanks for that suggestion, I will give it a try.
I have a dress that was incorrectly cared for. It is beaded & Pearled on the front only. I think that the back needs hem weights, to balance the weight.
Do I need to match the weight of the front?
If the fabric has shrunk due to incorrect care while cleaning, then the weights may not work. it all depends on the style of the dress and the shape of the model it adorns.