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craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, quilting, restyle, sewing

Member Since: 10/07/2009

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Re: Creating a Minifacing

Susan - Ah the wonders of silk organza! Thanks for the sweet technique -- comes in handy for me as I'm working on a project needing it. As to certain comments here that certainly this isn't finished yet . . . etc. -- at the very beginning of your article you say that instead of a facing you use a wide seam allowance which will eventually be covered with the lining.

Alas, online communication is oft read and responded to a wee bit too quickly

Re: Project Runway 9: "Off the Track"

Yes, Project Runway is veering far from focus on design and talent. But let's not ask Threads to forward our comments to the producers when we are able go to the PR website and voice our opinions ourselves. Seems a more direct, and likely more effective method of being heard.

Might make a difference; might not . . . .

Re: Hand Understitching

Nice tip and great photos. I agree with June123 re clipping layers separately and staggering the clipping - stronger overall and doesn't show through as lumps once pressed.

Only problem I've encountered with this pick-stitch technique is that it will draw up and sort of pucker if I don't leave the thread a very slightly loose as it travels inside between the pick stitches. A bit of practice with a light hand is good preparation before embarking on the finished product.

Hand stitching -- it's a zen thing ;-)

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: "Underwear Fashion in Detail"

The Victoria and Albert "In Detail" books are well researched and beautifully photographed -- the next best thing to a "live" examination. This book is a wonderful addition to the series. Underpinnings not only shaped externally visible garments, they defined and reflected social "shape" expectations and restrictions as well. The construction and design of corsets, bustles, and panniers were marvelous feats of engineering. Seeing this topic explored in a V&A "In Detail" book will be terrific!

Re: A Clever Finish Makes a Single Layer Reversible

This looks interesting.

I've two questions:

1. There is no photo of this spot so I'm wondering how does this look on the turned up side at the intersection of the hem and the front edge? (The first photo shows a curved front edge and a straight cut hem and the second photo shows both short ends of the hem cut straight)

2. The written instructions state: "balance the position of the clipping on each side (right and left) of the garment."
does this mean that the clips made on left and right sides should match/mirror each other?

Thanks in advance. I know technical instructions can be tricky to write :-)

Re: What's your worst sewing disaster? How did you resolve it?

To Carson23 re rayon as a test fabric:

Sondraleigh didn't say that rayon (in general) is not an accurate test fabric, rather her story illustrates that the fabric, and the way it drapes, affects the fit of the final garment. She made her fitting muslin of rayon which is drapey and then apparently used that muslin to cut the final garment out of non-drapey crisp cotton which hangs and fits differently from the rayon.

The trick is to make your fitting muslin from fabric of similar weight and drape as the fabric you've chosen for the final garment. You haven't said what your final garment fabric is but if you use a similar weight/drape fabric for the bodice fitting muslin (ie test garment) you'll eliminate problems. Also cut the test garment with 1 to 1 and 1/2 inch seam allowances to allow for adequate room for adjustment.

(this I've learned from my own mistakes . . uh . . creative opportunities . . . .)

Re: Perfect Pleated Edging

Another way to pleat fabric without special equipment is to use freezer paper - the kind from the grocery store or the pre-cut size that will go though your printer.(Available from Dharma Trading Co

For the grocery store freezer paper, draw lines on the dull side of the paper where you want the pleat folds. For the printer sized freezer paper, make a lined template in your word processing or graphic program and print it out on the dull side freezer paper.

Cut & piece the freezer paper to the length and width you need, then iron the fabric onto the shiny side of the paper. Fold back and forth along the drawn or printed lines, press well and let cool. Then you can either sew along an edge and tear the paper off (sometimes a bit tricky to get it all off) or you can just pull the fabric and paper apart. If you've pressed well you will have pleated fabric and you can use the same freezer paper to pleat another piece. There is no adhesive residue left on the fabric.

This method can also be used to fold origami inspired fabric shapes with precision.