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Topic: My first blouse.. sort of cowl neck. HELP!!  (Read 1923 times)
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bluebirdie
« on: September 21, 2004 07:07:00 PM »

Hi This is my first clothing sewing project other than altering pants.

After struggling with my first pattern at no avail (they said it's for sewing dummies but didn't say it's for the clumsy), I decided that I needed a break. So I made this without a pattern.

I never wore a cowl neck top before so I hope this is not way off. This blouse was looking real nice on me when they're pinned together (had some trouble pulling it off after testing, ouch ouch). The fabric is stretchy knit, draps well on the neckline, sleeve opening, and bottom. As soon as I finish sewing, I noticed the hem came out wrong. It became all stiff and no longer draped.

Can someone help me? I used straight stich for the seam and that came out ok. I used zigzag for the hemming which did not agree with the fabric. Thanks so much for your help! I hope the picture shows. In case not, here's the link:
http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bluebirdie_ca/detail?.dir=/f86c&.dnm=a471.jpg


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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2004 06:13:58 AM »

You might try using some of your scraps and working with the tension on your machine.  That is what I have the hardest time with myself.  Also try adjusting the length of your stiches.  I love how the top drapes around the neck!
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2004 10:05:24 AM »

Sorry I'm quite new to sewing this kind of fabric (thinner and somewhat stretchy). Can you give me more details on the tension and length? If the hem is all stiff, should I make the tension loose or tighter? Also should I try a longer stitch length or shorter?
Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2004 10:55:15 AM »

I would first try looser and longer.  When you have your tension too tight it makes it bunch up more.  Same with shorter stiches.  You are aiming for something that will hold the hem but without putting too much stress on the material so that it will hang right.  I have gone through so many scraps trying to find just the right combination.  After you find what works, it helps if you make notes to keep for future projects.  I have a book where I put a piece of the material and write the notes about the tension and stitch length.  That way if I am making something in the future with a similar type of material, I won't have to go through the agony again!
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2004 12:33:46 PM »

Great idea! I do have some scraps from making this blouse. I'll definitely try different tension and length and keep a note of them. Thanks a lot!
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