Posted 2010-08-21 8:57 PM (#64797) Subject: sewing on crinkled gauze
I am timid about sewing on this stretchy woven crinkly stuff and any hints would be appreciated.. I read something about using cling wrap to help manage crinkly gauze but I don't know what to do with it. the intended garment is a peasent blouse.
Posted 2010-08-22 6:05 PM (#64861 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
I'll add the steps I am taking to make my fabric more managable. Perhaps someone will correct me if I am wrong.
1. washed and dried fabric and left folded several days till I made time to deal with it.
2. folded in half lengthwise matching the selveges and then laid it out on my cutting table.
3. steamed fabric to relax the wrinkles from folding and drying.
4. spray starched it with several layers of starch steaming between sprayings.
5. I am now leaving the fabric laid out on the cutting table till the steam and starch dries out or it.
Now does anyone have anymore hints before I cut into it. I really want this to be a nicely made blouse. I am hoping to feed the eccentric side of my personality with the peasent style. I wish I had some gray croched lace for inserts in the sleeves but have none on hand. Think I will embroider flowers around the upper bicep portion of the sleeves.
Posted 2010-08-22 10:17 PM (#64877 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
I looked through several magazines today and found what I was looking for. Threads issue 149 says to pin the fabric to tissue paper before placing the pattern on it with pattern weights and to enclose the seam edges in Glad press and seal and stitch through the glad stuff when stitching the seam.
Posted 2010-08-23 7:11 AM (#64890 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
Along that same thread, I have some crinkley poly fabric that I bought sometime back because it was 'interesting'. HA! Now I have to figure out what to do with it. I have a top made of similar fabric and would LOVE it - the fit is very flattering, very slimming (a miracle on me.)
Does anyone know how one would go about COPYING a garment made from crinkley fabric? Besides the fact that it's flattering, it would be great to bring with me when we travel because wrinkles from being packed won't matter.
Posted 2010-08-23 7:49 AM (#64892 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
I wonder if something along the lines of Glad press and seal (or whatever the official name is) wouldn't work in this application as well. Put close to the seam line and then mark seam lines with a semi-pointed object, or a dull pencil. It seems like this should work, especially for a top.
Posted 2010-08-23 9:00 AM (#64895 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
It's funny that Glad Press 'N Seal has come up again recently on several lists I read. A few years back, I bought a couple of rolls on a trip home to the US, but by the time I got around to doing anything with it, I couldn't remember why I bought it, though I knew there were a couple of reasons.
I have a book on how to lay out say a top or jeans and trace around it on paper, but with crinkley stuff, I don't know how to tell how much is crinkle and how much is crinkle + stretch. It's a very forgiving fabric when constructed in a pleasing shape; slimming, skims over the lumps and bumps, etc. I am not sure how much I have, but hopefully that I can play a bit.
Any other ideas of what to do with Press 'N Seal? I have a lot of it. LOL I remember something about using it for embroidery, but again, I don't remember. I MUST start writing things down or at least doing them before I forget.
Posted 2010-08-23 11:15 AM (#64909 - in reply to #64895) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
Pam, I started using Evernote ( http://www.evernote.com ) to store tips and techniques that I might want to recall in the future. I've only used it for a year, so I don't have any Press 'N Seal tips stored there. Miriam
Posted 2010-08-23 11:20 PM (#64998 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
I recently made a top from a fabric which was
(b) embroidered over the mesh
(d) and underneath all that it was a stretch fabric
I vowed never again to do any such thing. I used weights to hold the fabric and a rotary cutter however once I picked up each individual piece, the crinkled and stretchy nature made it pull out of shape because some of the crinkles went through the seam line.
I also found the uneven thickness of the seamline (due to crinkles and embroidery) made it a nightmare to feed through the sewing machine. Ultimately I sandwiched the seams between two strips of washaway interfacing. However this was not totally successful because the seamline was still uneven but it did feed better.
Posted 2010-08-23 11:42 PM (#65004 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
Location: Mohnton, PA 19540
Have you tested the fabric. When I sew on a crinkle fabric I want to know I the crinkles can accidently be ironed out and if they can be ironed out will return after washing. From there I determine how I am going to make up the fabric.
I cut carefully and then concentrated on interfacing the necklines with fusible and stay taping the shoulders. I also took in the side seams a few times, as the crinkle stretched as well as grew. You can see this in the photos because the contrast inset is stretching out over the bust. The waistline of the pants is held in with elastic. Fortunately there is no stretch lengthwise, because the pants stretching sideways is bad enough--I don't think I could take a drooping crotch!
After all that, I had to take it in again when I lost weight. I do like this outfit, but I don't wear it much as it feels and looks more like pajamas than tailored work wear!
Posted 2010-08-24 5:26 AM (#65029 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
Thanks for sharing the pictures, Phyllis; I browse your photos often. The crinkle fabric I have is REALLY crinkled - think pleated, like those skirts that were popular a few years ago. I'm not home or I'd take a picture of mine and post it. It's a lot like this, even the color, but mine has even more, deeper pleats in it. http://www.amazon.com/Fabric-Sheers-Crinkle-Mint-Green/dp/B001GZY6T...
Posted 2010-08-24 9:35 PM (#65121 - in reply to #64797) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
Whoa, Pam, that does look like a challenge! What about gathering the crinkles, like a broom stick skirt? If you want to make a shirt, cut a yoke on the sideways grain and gather into that for the neckling and shoulders... If you don't want gathers, try taping across the crinkle on the seamline before lifting from the cutting table and sew them in! I remember doing that on some blouse, maybe this one: http://www.flyingember.com/sewing/dimg9.jpg
Posted 2010-08-24 10:25 PM (#65125 - in reply to #65121) Subject: RE: sewing on crinkled gauze
Location: metro area of Kansas City, MO, but on the KS side
Phyllis, thanks for the tip re taping across the crinkles across the seam lines before lifting from the cutting table. I've had some crinkled fabric in my stash for several years, but keep putting off trying to make a garment. Before fiddling with that though, I best make up some of the knits I bought on our recent fabulous trip to Needle Nook in Wichita.