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Has anyone hand sewn a bias skirt in plus size in linen?

BelleBeryl | Posted in Fabric Guidance on

I want to try to hand sew a bias skirt in plus size in midi length. Plan to buy 100% linen. How much yardage do I buy? 
Any suggestion for new hand sewing needles good quality?

Managed to break some first time ever in decades of hand sewing. Lately been hand sewing only small items for my home. Quilt fabric pillowcases  to use up fabrics and a double-sided midi apron for cooking/baking, small wallhangings.

I have OA since 40s so hand sewing  can not do many hours anymore due to arthritis.


  1. Qjillzeta | | #1

    Two tips I can give you. There is a liquid product you can buy to preserve the color of linen and other fabrics. Bright linen fades a lot in the wash. The other is to use 58/60 inch wide fabric. Cutting plus size pattern pieces on the bias uses a lot of fabric and you need the width. At least 3 yards. You may still need to piece it. Also if you are in pain, usually someone you know has a used sewing machine they can give you for free or you can find one at a garage sale or thrift store for $25. Its easy using a machine.

  2. BelleBeryl | | #2

    Thanks for the tips. I have a sewing machine since the 1980s a Brother but the tension was always problems. I got it out of storage and oiled it and was cleaning it and as I put it gently on side ...it had loose bits deep inside it that had visibly broken off was plastic small bits. I have no idea if they are important bits. I ask on other forum about this and added picture of the broken bits.
    A person there says try to use it like this, maybe it still works.
    So I went to look for my sewing machine threads but when I test some pieces they break off.
    Which is why I gave up on machine sewing, again, it is also much too heavy to lift/move with my OA.

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    user-5258875 | | #3

    If you have a good hand sewn set of stiches there is no reason not to do that. most everyone in the sewing community recommends japanese hand sewing needles. i also really enjoy stitching with bohin french hand sewing needles. they are high quality . i haven't encountered any burrs or pulling with them at all.

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    barbara_t | | #4

    I would suggest getting a pattern; that would make deciding on the yardage you need much easier.

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