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Mrs._Fulmer | Posted in The Archives on

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All of the sewing basics books I have seen already sound as I should already know the terminology, have all of the tools, and plenty of free time and space to leave this project lulling around my house. I have never sewn satins, organzas, casas, or netting. I am already $600 into my brother’s wedding, my dress my son’s tux, and now the material for this dress. I thought It was better than spending another $150. Now I’m not so sure…. [email protected]

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  1. Sarah_Kayla | | #1

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    Your wonderful heading made me laugh out loud.

    1- breath deeply

    2 - choose a simple pattern

    or alternatively swallow hard, hand over the fabric and some
    cash to an experienced seamstress and remember that it is
    only money...

    Also remember that netting is CHEAP - using lots of it looks
    great and covers a multitude of evils. If your daughter is
    young enough - that is not in that preadolescent phase ,
    more is more. I was amazed the first time i sewed with
    netting that most of what it needs is gathering, not even a
    hem. I could see making a tutu on steriods -several layers
    and very long and having a little girl wear it with a velour
    t- shirt either in black or a pastel. That and an over the
    top headpiece would make any girl happy. The bride is
    another issue...

    Good luck! Keep your sanity and your humor!

    1. carrie | | #2

      *Was just curious how this project is going, after reading your message. Send us an update! :o)

      1. Enid_Shapiro | | #3

        *For a beginning sewer, your projects sound way too ambitious. I started with drawstring pants, full, then moved on to nightgowns and sleep shirts.

        1. silkscape_ | | #4

          *Thanks for the chuckle! Nothing is more important to successful sewing than a healthy sense of humor.Your satin fabric is probably polyester and probably puckering, especially on the lengthwise grain. I would try a smaller needle, 60, or 70. You may also wish to try a finer thread, lingerie thread for example. Loosen tension a bit as well. Try making stitches slightly shorter, and using taut sewing (hold fabric firm with hands in front of and behind the needle, but do not pull fabric through the feed)Pin slippery fabrics with pins both perpendicular to the seamline (especially at each end, center, and notches), and pins parallel to the seamline. Keep puncture points of the pins just outside the seamline (in the seam allowance) to prevent leaving permanent holes.I wish you success!One final thought... don't sew at night! I once sewed a gathered sleeve on inside out, twice, because I was tired!

          1. Marion_E._Ruppel | | #5

            *One other problem with sewing those flimsy fabrics could be the needle plate. Use a straight stitch plate with the small hole instead of the zig zag. If you don't have one, a piece of tape over the needle hole may help keep the fabric from getting punched down in the wider space. Just make sure you don't zig zag with that plate. Relax have fun. Sewing is like therapy.. :<)

          2. silkscape_ | | #6

            *It's been a couple of weeks since you were beating your head. Are things going any better? I'd hate to see you still discouraged. Perhaps if there is something more specific we can help you with....Marion, Good point. I have to try to remember to consider my needle plate, it usually does not occur to me.

          3. ressy | | #7

            *I made a flower girl dress in august. I free hand embrodieried silk flowers on collar, waistband and hem line. I used polyester silk shutang with organiza overskirt as the pattern called for. I did sew the dress with silk thread and small needle and it turned out gorgeous. Do use a simple pattern and embelish it with the colors of the bridesmaids. Interested in how you did.

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