Hi All! Friday I made two skirts with elastic waistbands. Today, I tried to make a pair of palazzo pants and realized that my stitches looked weird. The stitch length is not changing, no matter what I put it on. I've played with the tension, unthread, rethread, different stitches, everything, and they all come out tiny. Also, the feed dogs seem not to be catching, unless I back stitch.
I'm not sure if I messed up something with all of the elastic or what. Any suggestions for how I could fix it? My machine is a Brother XL3750
I'm having a heck of a time finding light to mid-weight pants to wear for work, as skirts and dresses won't always be appropriate once the AC gets pumping. At 5'9", the only challenge I should have is length but according to my measurements, I'm pear-shaped. A 27in waist and 38in at the hips.... but it's not my hips. I actually have snake hips, my rear is most of that measurement, which leads to gaping side pockets, pulling across my thighs, or a huge open space at the waistband.
Any suggestions for patterns to try that would fit that shape or even how to pick & fit thrift shop finds? Otherwise, I guess I'll just live in yoga pants and skirts......
Recently, I found out that there is actually quite a bit of controversy on the usage of quilting cottons for apparel use. Being that I am a newbie to the sewing game, having found my way over from refashioning, I had never considered that you weren't supposed to use quilting cotton for apparel. So far, I've used it for skirts and plan to use up my stash for summer dresses. It's held up pretty well, cared for properly. I wouldn't choose it for anything drapey or dressy; I'd probably look for something to refashion for that.
For the most part, I don't recall ever seeing a large selection of apparel fabrics in Jo-Ann's and it's basically non-existent in Wal-Mart; those are the only two places near me for fabric. If I want to commit to a day trip (if 9am-11pm can be considered a day trip), I can drive to New York's fashion district and blow a stack of cash at Mood. Or buy blindly online.
So, two questions: 1- How do you feel about using quilting cotton for apparel and why? 2- Since it seems that quilting cotton has taken over, where do you get your quality apparel fabrics online?
Since we're supposed to get a lot of snow today I decided to pull out the Colette Sorbetto pattern I downloaded. My plan was to cut, tape, and then trace onto Swedish tracing paper. So I cut all the squares apart and am all ready to tape but it keeps buckling. I taped the top 4 squares together before I figured I should just quit it and ask for some tips. Has anyone taped together a pattern before? any things I should keep in mind? All help is appreciated (especially because pdf patterns are less expensive than otherwise and I have lots)!
I have two t-shirt dresses from H&M, black and navy. They fit nicely from the waist up and cling a LOT too much around my backside (no hips to balance me out either). I would love to find a way to keep them as dresses but have no idea how to make them suitable for wearing in public. (Plan B is to make one a peplum top and the other a sleep shirt) Any suggestions??
Help me, talented Craftsters, you're my only hope.
I just made this skirt last night from freshly laundered quilting cotton and wore it today. Anytime I walked at more than a mosey, it rode up between my legs to an embarassing degree. (A co-worker commented it looked like my thighs were eating my skirt.) This is my first time working with quilting cotton so I'm not sure if that is something that just happens or if it's because I wore it with leggings. I wear dresses & skirts with leggings all the time and haven't had this problem before. Will it go away with time and repeated washings? Has this happened to anyone else? Any solutions?
From the moment I saw this fabric I knew it was supposed to be a skirt! MY skirt (^_^) I made it the simple (read as "lazy") way: wrapped around me 1.5x to measure, sewed it selvage to selvage, made a casing for my 3/4 elastic, insert, and done!! It only took about an hour and a half, start to finish (not counting the numerous disagreements with my bobbin thread). Yay!!
I'm considering purchasing a couple of feet for my machine- a Brother LS-30- but I'm not sure what to do. I think (fairly certain, at least) that my machine has a low shank (about 3/4in from plate to screw). What I'm not sure of is whether it is a solely snap on or if I can remove the ankle too since I see a screw on the side as well...? The picture I've attached should illustrate my confusion better. (I tried to get the picture flipped right side up but no luck.) I found out that if I push in the little black thing at the back, the foot will fall right off.
Hello all!! Since using patterns is something I'll need formal instruction on, I'm sticking to refashioning until I can learn to make things from scratch. This has me wondering if anyone has (seen) any fall/winter refashions? I tried googling it and all that comes up is how to refashion a winter coat. There are lots and lots of cute winter to summer things and hardly anything else!
I tried a tute I saw here about using two men's t-shirts to make a drapey/cowl-neck dress. The dress I made was a total flop- my roommate said it looked like "dress up time at the sanitarium".
So I took made a tube top out of the top, cream shirt and set it all aside.
After a trip to the thrift store I found a dress with a pattern I liked. The dress was waaaay too big and the pattern was just too much for a whole dress. So I snipped the top from the bottom and sewed the skirt to the tube top with a length of elastic.