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sosewnem | Posted in Fabric and Trim on



 (I work 47-49 hrs. per week – that is partly why I’m late with this project.)

I thought I’d figured out what I needed to do, but apparently my plans aren’t working out.  My muslin went together fine – it wasn’t chiffon. 

What I have found out by experimenting with scraps is that my serger works best for the seams.  That was fine until I went to assemble things and went to stay stitch the neckline and princess seam area.  That seemed to have shrunk the fabric along those lines because when I have attempted to pin the side piece in place (and had clipped the fabric to the stay stitching), there is no way that the two will go together with the side piece seeming to be much longer than the center piece.  (doing the back first).  I fault the stay stitching of the back center piece for shrinking this. 

If anyone has any suggestions, please advise ASAP.

(If I don’t get the jacket together, then I’ll wear the dress without.  <sigh>)




  1. mygaley | | #1

    This is what I would try:  Place your back piece on its pattern and clip threads and adjust the stay stitching untl it matches the pattern exactly.  Then place your staystiched side piece on its pattern and clip threads and adjust until it until it matches the pattern.  Do the same with all seams.  If your pattern pieces match each other, this should do it.  Did you cut all pieces by the same size?  If you use a glue stick to baste these pieces together just on the outer 1/4 inch, when it's completely dry (I lay mine under a fan) then it will be slightly stiffer and may improve your stitch and also the serger will trim off most of it.  Praying that the Lord will guide your hands and steady your nerves.  Galey

    1. sosewnem | | #2

      Hi Galey,

      Thanks for the suggestion.  I'm not sure what good putting it back on the pattern piece will do, other than to see if it did "shrink" from the stay stitching.

      I've gotten to the point in my day that I have decided the jacket is not important.  I decided I would give it up because it is not worth the time or possible frustration in trying to figure out what to do.  It is best to just move on at this point, though I might try to tackle it after the wedding to see if I can salvage the project.

      The muslin went together fine, so I figured this would also.  As for size, it is the same size as the muslin - but my "size" is way different - at a 36DDD - quite an adjustment to have to make in a pattern (and also why nothing will fit off the rack!).  I think I used the size 16 or 18 - can't quite recall right now -  but made the major adjustment necessary and it worked fine for the dress.  I used the dress adjustment for the jacket having laid out the patterns and compared and drew the front center from a third pattern to create the look I wanted.  Needless to say, I was pleased with the results and the muslin looked fine.

      If other suggestions come in, then maybe I can try to sew it after the wedding for use later.

      Thanks again,



      1. Teaf5 | | #3

        For the wedding, you can use a shawl; there are so many available even in drug stores, import stores, even grocery stores! Or, you can use any leftover chiffon you have to make a wide scarf or shawl; they don't have to fit, they're lovely and adjustable, and they don't make you crazy!Perhaps Galey was suggesting that you sew the jacket using the pattern tissue with the chiffon to stabilize it, and then tear it away? I often use gift tissue to support very sheer fabrics while stitching.Any stay stitching on chiffon ought to be done with very, very loose thread tension on both top and bobbin; otherwise, it pulls up tight and puckers the very seam it's supposed to be smoothing. Good luck!

      2. FitnessNut | | #4

        Thre reason Galey suggested putting the pieces back on the pattern is so that you can adjust them back to their original size. You will likely have to release some staystitching to do this. When both pieces are their proper size, you can then sew them together.

  2. mem | | #5

    I would lay the center  front panel on the sde panel and then slip stitch them together and then open up the seam and stitch with a small machine stitch.The seams will then match each other.

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