Member Since: 04/27/2011
I'm pretty good at altering patterns, but when it comes to making a pattern I am clueless. I am very short so I like to make dresses because they make me look taller. It would be wonderful to have this book in my sewing library. Thanks for the opportunity.
Wow! I've been sewing for 47 years and I have to say that this is the most confusing, hardest explanation to put an offset zipper in. Your sketch is incorrect. Both over and under laps are stating (RS). I feel sorry for a beginner trying to figure this one out. Plus, why does one wish to imitate a ready-made garment? That's why we sew - to add all the beautiful hand details that are being lost for the sake of getting things done quickly and as cheaply as possible. I'm sticking with hand stitching the lining to the zipper. It's a heck of a lot easier, and others won't think that I purchased off the rack.
They blasted Seth Aaron last week for his quick 'gather and stitch' dress but Korto does the same thing and wins!!!! The judges need to be consistent. Her dress showed no talent and no effort. I was shocked that she was in the top three. Can't believe she won. None of the dresses were exceptional, but the other designers showed that they could piece and fit and come up with a uniquely designed dress. Doesn't this count anymore?
Tell it like it is, Kenneth! You were in Cockeysville, not Baltimore, and right down the street from where I work. If I had seen you and the oh-so-talented Susan together, I would have instantly passed out! Can't wait to see the finished results of the coat. By the way, I concur. You are whacky! Lol
If my memory serves me correctly, in a past article, you explained how you stitched large plastic wire ties into a bag as a substitute for stays to help give your bag more structure. This was the second of two bags you had made. The first bag gaped due to no reinforcement along its edges. You had said that the first bag was your original Gym Bag and the second bag was going to take its place as your new Gym Bag. Now with this gorgeous leather satchel, you have said that THIS will be your new Gym Bag. Three Gym Bags, Mr. King? Wow! I would love to see your muscles! :-)
I believe that your sewing is only as good as the tools you use and this includes a great iron. With this being said, I could really benefit with a new Oliso Pro Smart Iron! My current iron is ready to be reserved for dry ironing only since it spits and sputters too much. My tip is from my Grandmother who taught me to sew. When pressing any embroidery, especially antique pillow cases, hankies and linens, place a soft towel on your board and flip your embroidered item over so that you are pressing the embroidery on its wrong side. Also, do this for any shadow embroidery. In this way, the delicate handwork will be raised off the surface giving it the proper 3D effect, and the threads won't become flat or shiny.
This reminds me of a French sewing technique called 'Nun's Pleats.' It is a lovely detail that is well worth one's patience. For ironing the pleats open, there are plastic and metal tools for making your own bias strips. Quilters use these constantly. I prefer the plastic and they are sold in sets with different widths. These insert into the pleats perfectly for ironing. No need to make your own. Conveniently, you can find on the market ones which have the center opened up for easy seam alignment.
I love Stanley's dress. It is definitely RTW. Being only 4'11" tall, I totally disagree with SOLI about this dress being wearable only if tall. It is a fun, very comfortable looking dress. It can be dressed up or down. I would wear with flip-flop shoes in summer. As for Michelle-who does she design for?! Not one single outfit would I wear, not even the one for the NM challenge which looked like a paper sack on the model and especially on the window mannequin. How did she win this challenge, I'll never understand it! My advise for Michelle is to try some humility every once in a while. She is so full of herself! Daniel's outfit was very wearable, too, and would look lovely on anyone regardless of height. Patricia has a wonderful creative spirit in her. I would love to see her create a quilt.
As a quilter, my advice is to use a 1/4" foot to achieve the most accurate stitch line.
When my greyhound died, I was very sad. I started making an appliqué memorial quilt. Greyhounds are very muscular and strong, and I wanted this to come out on the quilt. The nature of appliqué is usually flat. I knew that I had to do something different. Out of love for my dog, I created a different type of appliqué that showed muscle, sleekness, and texture. Everyone who saw the quilt hanging in the house said that I should submit the quilt in a show or the state fair. I had never done a show and was petrified of submitting. That was not why I had made this quilt. It was to help me get through my grieving. Reluctantly, I submitted the quilt in the state fair. I was astounded to receive a second place ribbon. The judges told me that they had never seen my appliqué technique before and asked me if I could please teach it to them! I was totally shocked. Out of sadness came a very beautiful quilt that was created from my heart and soul.
Kenneth, you look divine in this jacket! Would you be able to explain how leather becomes shocking pink?
I absolutely love this look! It is so playful and fresh and not ordinary. It has personality! It's wonderful that the inside is as beautiful as the outside. The fabric is gorgeous. I've been wanting to do this for a while and now I am truly inspired. For all you folks who think that this look is for the young---well, too bad! I'm 57, and it is totally me. You've all missed the point. The exposed zipper only works on a beautifully executed piece, otherwise, it will look sloppy. I think that's the problem. You don't sew as perfectly as you may like, therefore, the exposed zipper is a challenge for you to pull it off properly Solution? Invest time in honing your sewing skills, invest in a pattern that compliments your figure, and invest money to purchase the most perfect fabric. What is left? You will need the pattern that best compliments your figure to tie the look all together. Is this for a mundane job at the office? No. Is it for a statement piece? Yes!
The top and bottom raw edges of the new false hem were addressed but not the false hem's raw SIDE seams. After letting out and pressing the original skirt's hem, you will have to then loosen one original SIDE or back seam by one inch. If the skirt was sirged, you will have approx. a 1/4 inch SIDE seam. If the skirt was conventually sewn, you will have a 5/8" seam. Place both the false hem's and the skirt's hem edges good sides together. Now align the false hem's SIDE seam to the skirt's SIDE seam that was just loosened. Pin to avoid slippage. Start stitching at this point. This will allow you to begin stitching the false hem's 1/4" seam at the very beginning of the original skirt's SIDE seam raw edge. After you have stitched the entire circumference of the false skirt's hem, you will be ending at the very end of the other skirt's original raw edged SIDE seam. You will now need to cut any extra false hem fabric that has extended past this SIDE seam edge. Now to finish the SIDE seam. Duplicate the way the original SIDE seams were sewn starting where you loosened the seam originally. If the seam was originally pressed open make sure the new false hem SIDE seam is pressed open, as well. Now, the new false hem is ready to be flipped up to be sewn to the back of the skirt. This article was not written for inexperienced sewers and it needed to be. An experienced seamstress would not have needed to have directions at all because this is a simple procedure for us. More steps and explanation of terms needed to be given.
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