Posts tagged sewing life
Knotted Fringe

First determine how much fringe you’ll want to make. For absolute uniformity, you can mark a line of dots along the edge where the needle will come up. I have not done that for my sample because I was more interested in the mechanics than the placement lines, but make sure you are HAPPY with the placement before beginning. Once that’s done, step 1 is to cut the threads you will need to length.

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UFO's

Next up, shorts. ALSO something cut out about five weeks ago. Note the time line…red were cut out eight weeks ago, and rather than finish those, I cut out ANOTHER project for the UFO pile. Also note: This is not an efficient method for finishing projects. The shorts were considerable more labor intensive, taking about five hours to complete, not including the embroidery on the back pockets, which were done at the time I cut the shorts out. But five hours of sewing, including top stitching, and the shorts were done!

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Matelasse

the original Matelasse was a thicker, quilted fabric, I believe most commonly seen in petticoats and waistcoats.  But with the advent of the Jacquard loom, the quilting has dropped off and it’s all done with extra crepe yarns set at different tensions.  Once off the loom, the fabric is washed, causing the crepe yarns to shrink.  This in turn causes the regular yarns to pull and pucker, giving this faux-quilted effect. 

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Week 8: The Artist's Way

Week 8 is for Recovering your Sense of Strength.  This week was a bit tough.  Julia Cameron has us tackle lost time and lost projects; projects begun but now considered a loss, and allowing ourselves time to mourn for lost projects and time.  Was not easy as I generally focus on success and moving forward. I mean, I KNOW when something didn’t work, and I take that lesson in the moment, but I don’t revisit failures and I don’t like to dwell on the past.

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Fitting the Sloper

Now, the basic fit is much better than last weeks attempt, but it’s still a little big in the chest and shoulders. Big is easier to work with than too small, although instructions for correcting too small are included in Patternmaking for Fashion Design. But for too big, you basically pin the excess evenly across both sides, working your way up to ease the excess in to the shoulder seam.

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