What Am I Sewing?
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Posted 2009-09-05 8:16 AM (#57835)
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Hi All,

Use this thread to post the item or items you plan to sew.
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Posted 2009-09-05 8:27 AM (#57837 - in reply to #57835)
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Hi All,

My goal for the next few months is to create a 5 piece travel wardrobe - finally. I have talked about it to myself for a long time. I travel a lot and need a few go to pieces. I tend to lean toward knits and am always on the lookout for great knits. I found some fabulous 70/30 polyester/rayon/lycra knit fabric at my local fabric store. It is a medium weight, stable knit that does not wrinkle much in some really great colors. Jackpot!

My thoughts are to create one skirt, two pairs of pants - one shorter and more casual to wear with flats and one longer and more formal to wear with heels, and two tops - one long sleeve for colder weather and one short sleeve for warmer weather. I also need a jacket of some kind. I am thinking cardigan or wrap style with a drawstring or belted waist to give it a more fitted look. I may also do some kind of "little black" dress or create another skirt to go with my tops in a fancier fabric.

Once I decide on styles, I will post some pics here.

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rowena___.
Posted 2009-09-05 9:03 AM (#57843 - in reply to #57837)
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ok, i've decided i HAVE to join this challenge!  i can't miss all the fun.

my goal is to make the samples, in my size of course   for a line of patterns i have been wanting to make for a few years.  the patterns are for beginning seamstresses, and all the garments take less than three hours to complete (much less than that for experiences seamstresses).

two skirts, two tops, one dress, and one pair of pants to begin, although i am not in a pants mood at all right now and i don't think i've had on a pair of pants since may.

i probably should make some stuff for ella too, but she always looks cute no matter what she is wearing, whereas i struggle in the cute department.

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Posted 2009-09-05 9:06 AM (#57845 - in reply to #57843)
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Hi All,

This picture below is from a pattern I bought in Switzerland almost 20 years ago. I made it when I was much younger and still a college professor at Auburn. I got lots of compliments on it. Of course, the pattern no longer fits me. I love the neckline though and it can be put on many different styles. I recreated the neckline in Pattern Editor and plan to sew it for one of my travel tops. It is pretty easy to do in PE. I will create a little screen movie of my steps and post it later this week.



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Posted 2009-09-05 9:08 AM (#57846 - in reply to #57835)
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There are SO many items in my closet that are tired and need to be retired!!!

However, over the next few months I hope to make the following:
1. A pair of slacks (our current users group project is a pants challenge)
2. Several skirts
3. At least one shirtwaist dress
4. A jacket (muslin is done; it's just been a UFO since then)

Rather than pile too many things on the list, I'll start with these.
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LI-teacher
Posted 2009-09-05 9:29 AM (#57849 - in reply to #57835)
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I have two large bags of items to go to my favorite charity - and not much left in my closet for the start of the school year. The problem is I still think I have the willowy figure I had in college...30 years ago! Things I think look good turn out to be less so when I see a photo - imagine that! As I do this I'll be thinking a lot about style, lengths, etc.


My V-4 pants sloper intentions fell victim to travel and my mom's cataract surgeries. Will deal with that AFTER I make a couple of skirts for school - which starts on Tuesday. I bought lots of fabric in my travels over the summer - mostly basics with a couple of fun and fancy things. This is the perfect opportunity to restock the closet with flattering (!!!) items. I'm in. My goal will be a couple of white blouses, dress pants in black and brown, at least one jacket, and a knit dress. Oh - and to finish the trench coat I started last winter.


Kim
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-09-05 9:42 AM (#57850 - in reply to #57845)
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Lisa, I can't wait - I just love this neckline. What fabric would you use? The fabric would have to have enough body to hold the shape or enough interfacing.

Susan

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Posted 2009-09-05 10:22 AM (#57852 - in reply to #57850)
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Susan in Miami - 2009-09-05 9:42 AM

Lisa, I can't wait - I just love this neckline. What fabric would you use? The fabric would have to have enough body to hold the shape or enough interfacing.

Susan



I originally made this dress in a woven and it worked fine. I now want to try it in a stable knit. I think with a fusible knit interfacing, I can get good shape. I used that interfacing for the top I did last week with a curved vee neckline. It worked really well. I am going to try it on a scrap first though Will let you know how the experiment goes.
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Posted 2009-09-05 10:26 AM (#57854 - in reply to #57849)
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LI-teacher - 2009-09-05 9:29 AM

I have two large bags of items to go to my favorite charity - and not much left in my closet for the start of the school year. The problem is I still think I have the willowy figure I had in college...30 years ago! Things I think look good turn out to be less so when I see a photo - imagine that! As I do this I'll be thinking a lot about style, lengths, etc.
Kim


I am in the same boat. My recent weight loss and strength training have really changed my body shape. I have a tummy and now a completely flat bottom. I am going to make a couple of test items in muslin to determine what I like now and then sew several garments with the same basic patterns changing fabrics, of course, and collars, sleeves, pockets, and embellishment. So far, I have one straight skirt, one flared skirt, and one gored skirt I really like. The princess panel top I did last week is fabulous. I also did a hip length top with the waist dart only so the upper garment is smooth with no darts or seams and it came out really well. Pants are another story. I am going to have to spend some time on pants now find one or two styles that work well on me.

It will take me some extra time but should be worth the effort.
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Susan in Miami
Posted 2009-09-05 12:52 PM (#57868 - in reply to #57835)
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This is so exciting.... My social life includes a lot of arty, sophisticated women and I want to make some new clothes for that part of my life style. I particularly want a new dressy pair of tailored trousers and an impeccably tailored jacket. The rest of my new wardrobe will be determined after I think through these 2 garments.

Susan

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Posted 2009-09-05 1:08 PM (#57870 - in reply to #57837)
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Not sure if I will participate, but will love seeing what others do. The poly/rayon/lycra knit is a staple in my wardrobe - pants, t-shirts and jackets.
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Posted 2009-09-05 5:27 PM (#57873 - in reply to #57835)
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i got a question by email, and reading back over my post i realized i'd better answer here:

the line of patterns i am going to make for this challenge are ones that i am developing.  it is not an existing line.  my hope is to turn them into either downloadable files for purchase, or to create a pattern collection in book format.

so, there are no links to provide, but i will give you pictures and descriptions as i go.

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julie w
Posted 2009-09-05 6:55 PM (#57874 - in reply to #57835)
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Lisa you sound as if you are well on the way to developing a core wardrobe. After weightloss it is exciting to find new styles that suit you. I found I began wearing styles that I never would have worn before. I love the neckline shape you are planning. How will you finish the neckline edge, with a facing or will you line the whole top?
Can't wait to see your new patterns Rowena.
As for myself I don't have a hard and fast plan but aim to try and get a garment done each month. As I said in a previous post I should be making pants for summer that's approaching here in Australia but really want to try and loose the kilos I have put back on since leaving work. I was thinking of making a dress but now that I have seen your waist treatment Lisa, I might give that a try. I have a few styles saved and on Pattern Editor that I want to get made up.
Julie
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Posted 2009-09-05 7:23 PM (#57877 - in reply to #57874)
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my patterns will be nothing special.  :D  they are simply designed to make sewing fashionable clothing simpler for beginners.  all the garments are composed of rectangles.  i have another line in mind that is only circles. 

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Posted 2009-09-05 8:26 PM (#57880 - in reply to #57874)
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julie w - 2009-09-05 6:55 PM

Lisa you sound as if you are well on the way to developing a core wardrobe. After weightloss it is exciting to find new styles that suit you. I found I began wearing styles that I never would have worn before. I love the neckline shape you are planning. How will you finish the neckline edge, with a facing or will you line the whole top?
Julie


Hi Julie,

I made a facing for it. I will use fusible knit interfacing and Design Plus fusible tape to stabilize it.
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Posted 2009-09-05 8:27 PM (#57881 - in reply to #57835)
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This weekend, I'm trying to refine my pants patterns since I need to replace all of my black pants and skirts. I'm still working on replacing my entire wardrobe. I'm focusing on developing a core group of black garments that I can add to with other colors as I move along.
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Posted 2009-09-05 10:46 PM (#57887 - in reply to #57881)
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Like others, I really need to do this, but can't think of where to start right now. I have a pair of Capris I started in June and need to finish up. I got sick, then I went on a trip, got sick again when I got home, and just finished making 46 chemo hats. I may make another pair of Capris, as I should be able to wear them into the fall. I need pants and jackets. I will work on organizing a plan. I also need to start planning a ballgown for my routine for the showcase this year. I need to make some winter clothes for my older granddaughter, too. Of course, I already have a plan for her clothes, just not mine!
I think that neckline is fabulous, Lisa! I'll be interested to see how it works with a knit fabric.
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Posted 2009-09-05 11:36 PM (#57890 - in reply to #57873)
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Yippee Rowena!! Will it be something like the Japanese Mrs. Stylebook--ideas for drafting designs? I've thought that would be a good direction to go for awhile!
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julie w
Posted 2009-09-06 7:28 AM (#57895 - in reply to #57835)
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I have tried a version of Kirsten's A-line skirt she made a while ago with the addition of Lisa's cut on elastic facing. Thank you Kirsten for the design details that you share. You always put so much effort into the style as well as the contruction.
Do you think this will work? I had to take about 1/2 inch off the outside seam where it curved to reproduce the cut on facing. I will try to attatch a screen print of the file.



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Lisa - Tech Support
Posted 2009-09-06 8:01 AM (#57896 - in reply to #57895)
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julie w - 2009-09-06 7:28 AM

I have tried a version of Kirsten's A-line skirt she made a while ago with the addition of Lisa's cut on elastic facing. Thank you Kirsten for the design details that you share. You always put so much effort into the style as well as the contruction.
Do you think this will work? I had to take about 1/2 inch off the outside seam where it curved to reproduce the cut on facing. I will try to attatch a screen print of the file.


Hi Julie,

It looks like it should work just fine. Should be a very cute skirt.
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julie w
Posted 2009-09-06 8:45 AM (#57897 - in reply to #57896)
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Thank you for a quick reply, now I just need to finish a costume for my daughter and choose some fabric, not sure if I am going to go knit or maybe put in a zip and use a linen mix.
Julie
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Posted 2009-09-06 9:31 AM (#57902 - in reply to #57895)
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julie w - 2009-09-06 5:28 AM I have tried a version of Kirsten's A-line skirt she made a while ago with the addition of Lisa's cut on elastic facing. Thank you Kirsten for the design details that you share. You always put so much effort into the style as well as the contruction. Do you think this will work? I had to take about 1/2 inch off the outside seam where it curved to reproduce the cut on facing. I will try to attatch a screen print of the file.

julie, why did you take 1/2" off the sideseam?  that isn't necessary to make the pattern.

tall karen, i have not seen mrs. stylebook, so i don't know how my ideas compare.  i can tell you that my ideas do not require any draping, and they are not that original.  :D  they are the way i made clothes as a child, before i ever used patterns. 

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julie w
Posted 2009-09-06 5:38 PM (#57918 - in reply to #57835)
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Rowna, the original pattern for the A line skirt cuved up at the outside waist seam. In order to do Lisa's cut on facing and create a straight line at the waist I had to remove half an inch where it curved up. To compensate I lowered the hip depth by the same amount. Hope this makes sense.
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Posted 2009-09-06 5:54 PM (#57919 - in reply to #57918)
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ah, i thought you meant you were taking 1/2" off the SIDESEAM, making the waistline smaller.  although now i'm trying to understand why your waistline wasn't level.

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Posted 2009-09-06 6:18 PM (#57923 - in reply to #57919)
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My waistline is level on the sloper and straight skirt but if I add flare or in this case the A line skirt, it kicks up a bit, I presumed this had someting to do with the darts rotating?
Thank you Julie
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Posted 2009-09-06 7:12 PM (#57924 - in reply to #57923)
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julie w - 2009-09-06 4:18 PM My waistline is level on the sloper and straight skirt but if I add flare or in this case the A line skirt, it kicks up a bit, I presumed this had someting to do with the darts rotating? 

yes, and you need that if you want the skirt to hang level.  by removing it, you raised the hem 1/2" at the side seam. 

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Posted 2009-09-06 7:58 PM (#57926 - in reply to #57924)
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Thank you Rowena for your imput, that is why I posted here before going any further. Either I will have to go without the cut on facing or can I add it back to the hemline?
Julie
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Posted 2009-09-07 12:06 PM (#57948 - in reply to #57926)
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well i haven't tried this but just using my imagination i think adding it back to the hem would probably bring it to a point at the side seam. 

what i'd likely do is just shape it by eye once it was on the body, you have to put a hem in it after all and you can level it as you go.

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Posted 2009-09-07 5:33 PM (#57955 - in reply to #57948)
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Rowena I really appreciate your imput. I tried adding to the hem but didn't like it either. I have done a new pattern that I have slashed and pivoted at hip level to add the half inch back in. It looks much better than adding to the hem. I'll do a muslin and see how it looks. Just need to finish my daughter's costume and pass some exams next week. Playing with PMB is good downtime.
I have sewn for years but am new to drafting and have lots to learn. That is why these forums are so good for me.
Thank you Julie.
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Posted 2009-09-08 2:32 PM (#57970 - in reply to #57835)
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Lisa - what width elastic did you use for your cut-on facing skirt? I like the process but have always had trouble with the elastic pulling up to the waistline - which is smaller - did I understand correctly that your end result had the top of the waistline just to your waist, but not extending above it?

Maybe my elastic is too tight. Lora
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Posted 2009-09-08 2:35 PM (#57971 - in reply to #57970)
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marrlo - 2009-09-08 2:32 PM

Lisa - what width elastic did you use for your cut-on facing skirt? I like the process but have always had trouble with the elastic pulling up to the waistline - which is smaller - did I understand correctly that your end result had the top of the waistline just to your waist, but not extending above it?

Maybe my elastic is too tight. Lora


I used 2" wide but you could easily do it with 1" or 1 1/2". The skirt was cut right at my natural waistline. The elastic does stick up above just a bit but that does not bother me. You definitely don't want the elastic too tight. I measured the length of the facing line I was sewing it to and cut it about 2 inches shorter.
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Posted 2009-09-11 10:05 PM (#58031 - in reply to #57835)
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Thanks so much - I was definitely cutting my elastic too short. Will definitely try your method - will you be posting it on the wiki?

Thanks, Lora
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Posted 2009-09-12 12:33 AM (#58038 - in reply to #57835)
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I think that I might have a glimmer of an idea for what I need to sew!  I need clothes for a possible job interview, or just running around dropping off resumes.  Of course, I think I might need ideas.  Do people still wear suits to interviews?  Of course, I would also need fabric, unless the LIME GREEN silk, linen looking stuff that my mom gave me would work.  (It is silk, it just looks like a linen fabric to me)  I have been afraid to try and use it for anything, and it is not just the color that is stopping me (though that does have an effect)  I have no idea what this fabric is supposed to be called, but it does look like it would make a really nice skirt/jacket combo. (despite the color)
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Posted 2009-09-12 2:09 AM (#58039 - in reply to #58038)
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I think I posted a similar question re what to wear to work in another post. I am probably of the old school and like suits but my daughters 12 and 15, say it is too ''matchy matchy." I look forward to others answering your question as I too will be in the same boat next year. I have gone back to studying and am finding out a more up to date way of doing or saying certain things, but not on interview dressing apart from removing piercings and limiting the amount of general jewelery! I would also like to know if you should dress to fit in with the workplace or as some say dress for the job you want.

I love lime green! perhaps you could tone it down with a contrast neutral like a piping or perhaps just with shoes and under top? I personally feel that it isn't the shade of the colour that makes it unwearable but whether it suits you. I think if you want to make it for an interview it would depend on how conservative the company is. I once wore a hot pink tartan check suit to an interview but that was in the eighty's and I was 20 years younger! Like I said I too am looking for advice. I had a raw silk blouse once (RTW) that was very comfortable to wear that may have been the fabric you are describing, it had a kind of slub running through it.
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Posted 2009-09-12 7:51 AM (#58042 - in reply to #57835)
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Lisa and I have some ideas on wardrobe planning once Style Match is launched.

To help figure out what to wear for dropping of resumes or an inverview I would go downdown for lunch and see what the business community wears where you live.  I see you live in the mountain west where I have found even business dress a bit more casual.

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Posted 2009-09-12 8:28 AM (#58043 - in reply to #58042)
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i think it depends on the industry too--people in graphic arts tend to be more casual or "artistic" than people in banking.    although in nashville you see bankers in polo shirts so you can't put to fine a line on it.

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Posted 2009-09-12 8:34 AM (#58044 - in reply to #58031)
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marrlo - 2009-09-11 10:05 PM

Thanks so much - I was definitely cutting my elastic too short. Will definitely try your method - will you be posting it on the wiki?

Thanks, Lora


Hi Lora,

Yes, I will be putting this on the Wiki. I need to get Paul to take some pics of the skirt I made and then I make the instructions.
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Posted 2009-09-12 10:42 AM (#58045 - in reply to #57835)
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Sincee the weather here in Dallas will be getting slightly cooler, my sewing plans call for two pair of slinky pants - one black, of course, with 4 intermatching tops, short and long sleeve, as well as a jacket which I am attempting to copy from an Indygo Junction pattern. And should I survive that, a simple unconstructed jacket from a piece of ultrasuade which has been languishing in my stash for years. Lora
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Posted 2009-09-12 10:59 AM (#58046 - in reply to #58045)
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My goal is to start using up all of the fancy parts I have bought over the years. I traveled to Europe and Asia almost 20 years ago and brought back really cool zippers, clasps, buttons, etc. that I want to try and incorporate. I have been reviewing my 20 years of Threads magazines for inspiration.
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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2009-09-13 2:11 PM (#58070 - in reply to #57971)
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Lisa, somewhere in the forum I posted directions (maybe two years ago?) for a waistband treatment that sounds like what you're talking about. I can't find my original post, but did find a post that includes a photo. Is this similar to yours?

http://wildginger.com/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=7479&mid=54...
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Posted 2009-09-13 6:08 PM (#58083 - in reply to #58070)
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Hi Karen,

Yes, I think it is the same. It is a bit hard to tell on the black fabric. I don't have a button and button tab but you could. I used an invisible zipper with the top at the foldline for the facing. I also sewed all of the darts so it fits smoothly.

I have added this new waistline option to the October updates.
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Posted 2009-09-13 6:43 PM (#58087 - in reply to #58083)
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That's great; it's a really nice option for those of us who want the comfort of an elastic waist but the smoothness of darts. When my pants are on my body, you can't tell they have any elastic, and I really like them. Enough to have purchased a couple pair, and then incorporate the same method in several of my own garments, pants and skirts. It's definitely a keeper.
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Posted 2009-09-13 8:25 PM (#58098 - in reply to #57835)
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Just now catching up with everyones post. I had a son get married in early August. My husband, myself and 2 of our grandchildren got sick a few days before the wedding. DH and granddaughters are doing fine but I keep getting sick with the same thing over and over. So it has put me way behind on what I things I want and need to do.

So for my list
I am working on a knit top block, one that I can change sleeves, necklines and lenghts on. The next top I make from my current pattern I will scale. The first top the knit fabric was a big "stiff' not much ease, so it is wearable but not comfortable, needs a little more ease. The second top I just made is from a black knit that has more stretch so it is a bit to wide all over. I took it in so it will be wearable.

What I have learned from this is too try different knits with different stretch factors and save notes and a piece fo the fabric stapled to the style sheet with my notes. I haven't had a lot of pratice working with knits but the past 3 months have been interesting. I also learned to back up, back up and back up. I usually back up once every other month but when I started on my knit top block I was backing up every few days. Well being sick I didn't get it done and then had problems with my computer and lots my files. Thankfully I had worked on the previous block so many times I had it pretty much down in my head. So now I back up and save fabric and notes. Lesson learned.

Earlier this summer I worked on my pant sloper and I am quite happy with that. But when I tried on the final sloper I realized my knit tops were not laying right. I gained and then lost weight so I really needed to redo some key measurements and get my slopes laying right.

When everyone first talked about doing this I took a little time to clean my sewing room, cleaned out some physical files for a fresh start and started seriously working on a purse I had promised my oldest granddaughter. Part of the fabric in the purse is fabric I used in a flounce skirt for her. I will try to get a pic of the purse and her skirt this next week-end.

So for my list
knit tops for pants
knit tops for dressier skirts
pants for fall and winter
skirts 2 slinky
skirts 2 from heavier knit
fall jackets 1 or 2 sweatshirt jackets, I plan on making my own sweatshirts then doing some embellishing on them
a raggy jacket http://www.sewthankful.com/RaggyJacketPattern.html again I will make my own jacket with PMB

Also need to make a couple of purses just for fun and because I need some.

I also desperately need some nightgowns.

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If you're interested, I'll post the settings I use for my sweatshirt jackets. I've revised the pattern several times over the years. When you make your own, you can give it some shape and not have such dropped shoulders.
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JoAnndjob - 2009-09-13 9:02 PM

If you're interested, I'll post the settings I use for my sweatshirt jackets. I've revised the pattern several times over the years. When you make your own, you can give it some shape and not have such dropped shoulders.


Hi,

I would love to see this. I bought a great piece of heavy heather gray sweatshirt fabric I am dying to sew.
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I would love to see it. Jackets are going to be a big need before long here. We have had an unusally cool wet summer and it looks fall is not far behind. I have a lot of sweatshirt jacket ideas and some stash that is seasoned quite nicely.



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Posted 2009-09-13 10:36 PM (#58103 - in reply to #58101)
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I don't seem to have any photos of any of my sweatshirt jackets. I'll see if I can get one later, but DH is busy packing for an out of town trip. I'll post my settings and PE modified pattern. This was done last year in 2008 with V3, so the V4 settings might be different.



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Posted 2009-09-13 11:07 PM (#58105 - in reply to #58103)
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Ok, I attached the settings, pattern pieces and photo to previous post. The pattern doesn't show the curved end of the neck band since I did it by pencil. I live in these jackets all winter in S. CA they are so comfortable.
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Ooh, I really like that. I love cardigans, but RTW ones are so shapeless. Thanks for posting the settings!

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I remembered late last night that the brown jacket was not the last one I made. Here are the V4 settings for my last one.



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Posted 2009-09-14 10:56 AM (#58121 - in reply to #57835)
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Thank you for the sweatshirt settings.
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Posted 2009-09-20 12:23 PM (#58407 - in reply to #58083)
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Lisa, this is great. I've been using elastic in my sewn on waistbands for years. I add about 1/2 to 1 inch ease in the waist for darted pants. I sew the elastic to the seam of the pant and waistband. I also use a bit of that stiff non-stretch stuff for waistband (the name escapes me at the moment) at each end of the waistband. I do this because I do not like the 'pull' that elastic gives at the closure, both at under lap and center front. I sew about 3" of the stiff stuff to one end of the elastic for the underlap, and about 1 1/2" to the center front part of the elastic.

Edited by me to say: I should have said I add an extra 1/2 to 1" ease to the normal waist ease. Also should have stated that I use front zipper with sewn on facings.

Lisa Shanley - 2009-09-13 5:08 PM


I have added this new waistline option to the October updates.


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I have drafted a 6 Gore Skirt and an Armscye Princess Jacket that I am thinking that I will make out of the Green Silk.  The Jacket should end up looking similar to McCall's 5193 http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5193.htm?search=5193&page=1

I am thinking that I will do a trial run of the patterns using some denim, but I am not sure if it is heavy enough.  The silk is a really stiff fabric.  I am hoping that it will soften up somewhat when I wash it, which won't happen until my washing machine moves into the house from the middle of the garage.

I am going to attempt to attach a scan of the fabric.





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Posted 2009-09-21 9:16 PM (#58442 - in reply to #58436)
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If the green silk is a heavy fabric, it is probably silk noil (also known in different parts of the country as raw silk or wild silk). If it is lighter weight, it may be shantung, although if you are going to make a fall suit, noil is more likely. Yes, it will soften up considerably when you wash it. It will also shrink quite a bit, so if I were you I would wash it very gently in warm water, hang it to dry somewhere, then repeat the process.

Make sure you finish every edge before you start to work with it, as it frays out while you look at it. It also will need a fair amount of support if you make a jacket. I like to use it for winter skirts here in the South, but I make sure they are loose fitting and fully lined.

Lime green and navy is a classic colour combo in case you are interested.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.
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Posted 2009-09-21 9:34 PM (#58445 - in reply to #57835)
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I used to work in a shop that sold silk (along with rice, fireworks, etc.) ...a long time ago. I don't think that's shantung. It looks as if the weft (horizontal) fibers are much fatter, so I think it will be great for a jacket, and will keep its shape nicely but it will not have a lot of sideways give.

Check on a scrap how much pin marks and sewing show when removed...if they do show, sounds like a case for making a muslin. For the muslin, how about using a fairly stable furnishing fabric that you can use as a casual jacket?
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Sweatshirt jackets...I have a few menswear sweatshirts that are too tight in the bust (surprise!) but baggy in the arms and waist, so I sliced 'em down the front and added a generous button band. I wear them a lot around home.

My sewing plans for myself are: 4 new fall/winter knit tops. In 2 different styles and coffee-proof colors

My current T drafts are baggy and casual, best for warm weather. The aim is to get a smoother-fitting draft more suited to knits and cool-weather layering.

Challenge - Ole Icebreaker bust needs a bit of visual relief, but V necks are too cold for winter, and most collars are too lumpy under warmer cardigan-jackets.

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Posted 2009-09-21 11:25 PM (#58456 - in reply to #58445)
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dotmoll - 2009-09-21 7:34 PM I used to work in a shop that sold silk (along with rice, fireworks, etc.) ...a long time ago. I don't think that's shantung. It looks as if the weft (horizontal) fibers are much fatter, so I think it will be great for a jacket, and will keep its shape nicely but it will not have a lot of sideways give. Check on a scrap how much pin marks and sewing show when removed...if they do show, sounds like a case for making a muslin. For the muslin, how about using a fairly stable furnishing fabric that you can use as a casual jacket?

That was exactly what i was looking for to try and describe the weight of the fabric.  It is more like an upholstery fabric in weight.  It does shred terribly.  I serged the non selvedge edges to get it to stop.  It is 39 inches wide selvege to selvege, and the selvege edge is not straight (like the stuff you find in the store)  I think that this piece was hand-woven.  This will definately be a "muslin" first fabric, as I don't think that I could find another one like it.  Oh, and yes, the weft fibers are much fatter than the warp fibers.  The warp fibers are like sewing thread and the weft fibers are like embroidery floss.

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dotmoll - 2009-09-21 8:13 PM Sweatshirt jackets...I have a few menswear sweatshirts that are too tight in the bust (surprise!) but baggy in the arms and waist, so I sliced 'em down the front and added a generous button band. I wear them a lot around home. My sewing plans for myself are: 4 new fall/winter knit tops. In 2 different styles and coffee-proof colors My current T drafts are baggy and casual, best for warm weather. The aim is to get a smoother-fitting draft more suited to knits and cool-weather layering. Challenge - Ole Icebreaker bust needs a bit of visual relief, but V necks are too cold for winter, and most collars are too lumpy under warmer cardigan-jackets.

You could layer a jewel neck T under the V neck, or just put a jewel neck insert under the V neck.

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Posted 2009-09-26 6:59 AM (#58591 - in reply to #57835)
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Re the V neck issue - I saw a warm top in a Stitches magazine that had a detachable cowl collar.  The top was some thick knit fabric with a V neck.  The collar was simply a tube of fabric that was pulled over the head - however the tube went from narrow to wide.  The wider part sat folded or draped over the narrower part.  I considered making one in a chiffon of the same colour as the knit, mainly to reduce the bulk around the neck but I never got as far as trialling the idea.
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Insert - good idea! I'd for some reason been stuck on the idea of an overlay with vertical lines and was thinking it might be too fussy.

That cowl-neck "extra" sounds like a suitable solution for the de"cowl"letage area. I might put a sketch up later to confirm that I have got the right idea!
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Posted 2009-10-07 2:46 PM (#58808 - in reply to #57835)
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A couple of sewing contests on patternreview.com have motivated me to design and sew a wool jacket with a lining, which is almost complete. The lining has been giving me trouble, so I've missed the deadline. But I hope to finish it this weekend. Then I want to participate in the Little Black Dress contest, plus sew a pair of pants for my 11-year-old daughter, and make a long-sleeved white shirt for me as well as some PJs. I also need to hem the costume for my chorus director.

What I am really tempted to do is make a winter coat!

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Posted 2009-10-23 2:59 PM (#59078 - in reply to #57835)
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Hi All,

I am onto my next project finally! I have to speak at a conference of fashion design professors next week in Seattle so I am need something a bit more upscale. I am doing a slight variation of my princess panel t-shirt. I flared it and made it a bit longer. I also created a "grecian" style neckline by choosing the square neck and using the neck shape tool moved it close to the center front. I am pairing it with a knit pant, boot cut, with the faced/elastic waist. The blouse fabric is a "pleated" polyester. Since it is already wrinkled, it is a great choice for travel. The pants are an 80/20 interlock knit - also great for travel. Will post pics when I finish it.



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Posted 2009-10-23 6:47 PM (#59084 - in reply to #57835)
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I love that fabric Lisa, looking forward to seeing pictures.
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Posted 2009-10-23 8:25 PM (#59085 - in reply to #57835)
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Lisa -- where are you speaking in Seattle? My sewing teacher is Jacque Goldsmith from Lake WA Tech College, Seattle Central Comm. College and Nancy's Sewing Basket. I think she would be interested. I am too.
I signed up to see Paul at Quality Sewing on Oct 31.

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Posted 2009-10-23 8:35 PM (#59087 - in reply to #59085)
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Lisa -- where are you speaking in Seattle? My sewing teacher is Jacque Goldsmith from Lake WA Tech College, Seattle Central Comm. College and Nancy's Sewing Basket. I think she would be interested. I am too.
I signed up to see Paul at Quality Sewing on Oct 31.

Sally


Hi Sally,

I will be at the International Textile and Apparel Association conference. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public. It is only open to professors in college and university texile and apparel programs. Your teacher would certainly qualify but she would have to join the association to attend the conference, if that is of interest to her.
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Posted 2009-10-23 8:49 PM (#59088 - in reply to #59087)
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I love that crinkle fabric, too! I have some left over from another project, so will be interested to see how your top turns out, as I was just thinking the other day about what to do with mine.
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Posted 2010-08-22 7:29 AM (#64806 - in reply to #57835)
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I have a very bad habit of starting garments and then leaving them to start something new when I have stitched them up.
I decided to be honest with myself and realised that the truth is; I am not good at the finishing of garments.
I have over twenty unfinished garments in boxes in my sewing room. All of them started this year.Most of them just need the facings sewing in or straps or hems.
I have made a list of all of the items and I am going to finish them all as a challenge to myself.
starting today, I completed three garments.
If I finish them all I will have a lovely wardrobe and something to add to the album!
I absolutely love pattern drafting and cutting and then I lose interest in the sewing. Unfortunately I was never taught to sew and I am trying to work things out myself, hence the finishes usually look homemade.
Does anybody know of a good video on finishing necklines and armholes and maybe the application of closures.
I have a couple of good books but a dvd would be nice! I have seenn the threads DVD advertised? any good for what I need?
It s going to be so difficult to NOT start anything new but I am going to try really hard!
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Posted 2010-08-22 10:12 AM (#64813 - in reply to #64806)
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I'm afraid I don't have one source with all the info you're looking for. I'm just writing to encourage your efforts to get better at finishings, etc. I think it will really pay off in the long run. You can add new techniques as you go...once you start something new

Do you have a serger? Except for knits, I serge almost all edges before I start putting the pieces together--not trimming them. I don't serge any edges that will be enclosed or trimmed later. I don't know about the Threads library of dvds, but I would think they might have something that you're looking for.

Good luck & stick with it! Marilyn--who just reread your post.... OK, I thought you were looking for things like edge finishes, etc. So...actually I kind of have the same habit. I have a little pile (not as big as yours) of things which got to an almost finished point and I decided I wasn't thrilled with them so didn't finish them. Sometimes I come back later, try them on and realize they will be ok after all so I finish them. Occasionally, I just chuck it or cut up for rags.

As to facings, I'm not sure what is left for you to do once they are sewn in. If it is just a matter of tacking them down to seam allowances, I tack them by machine by 'stitch in the ditch' (from the right side) about 2 or 3 small stitches forwards and backwards. I try to eliminate facings where I can by using a bias binding--illustrations in any sewing manual. Hems, after serging the edge, I usually sew by machine using the blindhem stitch. On a difficult or very expensive garment I hand hem. I try to save all the hand finishing to do at one time--usually at night in front of the T.V. I don't really like hand sewing but find it is a necessary evil, which in the end gives me the finished garment I want.

Grit your teeth and just finish all of your work------and then post some photos!

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Posted 2010-08-22 10:38 AM (#64817 - in reply to #57835)
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Wow, do I hear you on this one! I have NEVER felt like a good sewer, and really have to bite the bullet to finish the waistbands on pants or buttonholes on shirts, and the horrible sight of my waistbands prevents me from posting pictures in the albums! I have at least 2 pairs of pants that I really want to wear...I just don't want to sew the waistbands!

I bought Betzina's Power Sewing and found that useful, but really, something even more basic would be good too.

I find that I make more casual clothing than I really want, just because I'm afraid of sewing "where it shows" on sheer fabrics or tailored items. That scares me a lot more than fitting, actually.

Right now, I'm about to start on some more jinbei pajamas for my sister, and help son2 sew himself a vest.
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I have a little pile (not as big as yours) of things which got to an almost finished point and I decided I wasn't thrilled with them so didn't finish them. Sometimes I come back later, try them on and realize they will be ok after all so I finish them. Occasionally, I just chuck it or cut up for rags.



I thought I was the only one with this problem. If I can't sew something within a few days, I get tired of it and often start something new. Usually it's things that gave me problems at some point or are not looking as expected. When my sewing room gets too cluttered, I sort through them and toss out a few. This seems so wastefull. I'm trying to improve, but I don't sew as quickly and easily as I did when much youger.

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Posted 2010-08-22 12:13 PM (#64823 - in reply to #57835)
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I, too, love the patternmaking part, the layout and cutting. I, too, feel my sewing skills need improvement and therefore am sometimes hesitant about wearing items in public that aren't quite up to my standards. After years of UFO's due to whatever problem I hit along the way, I stopped working on more than one item at a time and unless it's a total failure (thankfully doesn't happen all that often) i force myself to finish it before I move on to the next. One garment at a time makes for slow going but it's the only way I've found (for myself) to alleviate the problem of UFO's.

If it's any consolation, the more you sew the better you get - so finishing those UFO's will give you the practice you need for the next and the next, etc.

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I really like Rowena's solution to this delimma--and it happens to every one. Maybe more so to the "puzzle solvers" in the group. Of which I am surely the charter member! And Eva you must be tied with me for first place!

She gathers everything up----- and finishes them-- and then donates them to a women's resource center. How good is that for all comcerned.

Coopie

Puzzle solver? I like the challange and craft---but not always the sewing!

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Posted 2010-08-22 1:18 PM (#64831 - in reply to #57835)
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Yes I have a serger, took it out of the cupboard two weeks ago for the first time since I bought it 4 years ago and I dont even know how to thread it. got somebody to thread it up fo me but as soon as the thread broke the first time, I gave up!

I am loving all the facings on new garments, using Coopie's method for the all in one facing, it is the older stuff I gotta sort out now. I have looked at a few videos on you tube on blindstitch hem and I havent got it right yet but I am getting there.
I sure am going to try to finish them all. A challenge is a challenge! My hubby will have to take me on a cruise to wear them as most of them are dressy!
ooohhh I agree I absolutely hate waistbands, that is where I do facings!
Brilliant idea to finish them and give them to someone who will appreciate them. that is a good motivator so I cannot say I wont finish it because I will never wear it.
My newer stuff must be improving because my two daughters 23 and 26 are asking me to sew them clothes whereas at first they thought I was daft wearing homemade clothes.

forgot to mention I have Betzina book, armstrong book and a very good one which I highly recommend on finishes, the pictures are very good. I found it in Malta and even though it was heavy I bought it and carried it in my hand luggage. It is called the sewing book by ALISON SMITH.
DK must be the publishers.


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Posted 2010-08-22 2:09 PM (#64836 - in reply to #64831)
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For those of you who want GOOD and basic sewing knowledge--The Bishop Method of Clothing Construction by Edna Bryte Bishop with Marjorie Stotler Arch. It is out of print but easily available on-line. I have purchased several for $5. The shipping gets you, though. I have given many of these to sewing friends. I even bought a second one for myself, saving my first one autographed by sewing great Marie Kehr to keep in my library, and using the other for every day references. Taping the waistline to be sure it will fit is in the book for those of you who don't like to deal with waistbands. The book has taping a waistand and once you have that technique down (very, very easy) you can put on any waistband you need. I find the book invaluable. If you are using PMB and need more instruction, you will find it in this book. That's my
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Posted 2010-08-22 2:20 PM (#64838 - in reply to #64831)
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RE your serger-=--

When learning to thread your serger, thread each part in a different color. And remember the loopers-----it's the upper looper you thread first. You may think you want to work right to left but you dont. You thread the upper looper first, then the lower looper, then the left needle thread, then the right needle thread, if using two needles. Not knowing which type of serger you have, this is basic instruction. If you want to serge your edges but don't want to cut the fabric, as in serging before you put the garment together and good at it, disengage your knife blade. Most sergers now have any easy way to do this.

Don't let the serger intimidate you! It's a wonderful tool. USE IT!!!!!!!! Practice threading and the rest is cake. Learn to look at which setting you need by making a sample first. Your manual should have pictures of poorly sewn area and have the correction for it.

There are a lot of good books on serging out there. One I have is Serger Secrets by Rodale Press. It has good pictures and tips from sewing greats; information on using various feet; information on using the serger to sew the garment. There is adding lace, puffing, gathering, etc. Go online and view some books and make your choice. I just happen to like this one.

Good luck
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I almost always buy my used books from Amazon because the shipping is fixed at $3.99.

Here is the Amazon listing for the Bishop book.  There are 43 copies available from $3.96 to $10.00.  Make that 42 copies.  ;-)

http://tinyurl.com/26ek94f


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gallinio
Posted 2010-08-22 2:58 PM (#64842 - in reply to #57835)
Subject: RE: What Am I Sewing?



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Location: cyprus
Wow loads of good information!
I will see what I can find in the way of books suggested. I live in Cyprus which is a tiny Island and I do not know what I would have done without the internet for books and information!
I will try to thread the serger. There are a few you tube videos that show you step by step. I have a Frister Rossmann and there is no dealer in Cyprus.
thank you all so much for all your help and advice.
Eva
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