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Ninja_Poo
« on: January 22, 2008 02:33:34 PM »

So I Recently purchased my first pattern (Wal-Mart brand...Ew), and I wanted to make a party-dress for an upcoming new years party (either a tardy western new year or an early chinese new year.).  I didn't want to be overdressed as it's not that formal an event, so I used some gray plaid flannel for it.  This is the first time I've ever made a garment from scratch and I became intimately acquainted with my zipper foot...

Without further ado, here it is (please forgive the pathetic webcam action, my bf has my camera):

This picture shows the length of it (you have to kind of squint and turn your head sideways):


I still haven't hemmed it, because I hate hemming and I'm not really sure how to use the hemming foot...Can anyone explain how to use one?  Here's a (blurry) picture of it:



Comments and criticisms much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2008 02:36:14 PM »

ooh, i love the neckline.  the flannel is unexpected, but it works!

(p.s. loving the white ninja tee Wink)
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2008 02:43:33 PM »

Oh, I love the flannel!  Now I want to run out and make a flannel dress Smiley.

I don't have a hemming foot, so I can't offer any help with that.  I just use a regular zig-zag foot on hems.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2008 02:47:35 PM »

Rolled hem foots are AWESOME. Here's a great tutorial with loads of good pics:

http://thesewingdivas.blogspot.com/2006/10/tutorial-rolled-hem-foot.html

Not how I do it -- I just roll the end and stick it in there. But this will get you started!
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008 02:50:36 PM »

Rolled hem foots are AWESOME. Here's a great tutorial with loads of good pics:

http://thesewingdivas.blogspot.com/2006/10/tutorial-rolled-hem-foot.html

Not how I do it -- I just roll the end and stick it in there. But this will get you started!

Cool, thanks! I need a tute; when I tried to stuff the fabric in the foot and wing it I just got snags and frustration.
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2008 02:52:21 PM »

I love this dress, I agree that the neckline rocks and so does the flannel...and the sleeves...and the skirt...

I think just general love Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2008 02:54:42 PM »

its very cute

i dont have any help with the foot thing though,
but how cute is it that the lil guy on your shirt looks like hes holdin it up for you
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Ninja_Poo
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2008 03:01:33 PM »

ooh, i love the neckline.  the flannel is unexpected, but it works!

(p.s. loving the white ninja tee Wink)

Thanks! yeah White Ninja is the bomb.  My Mom actually thought he was a condom...She saw my shirt and asked why I was wearing a shirt with a condom wrapped around a potato. I was like "it's not a condom, it's white ninja! And that's a bucking kiwi, not a potato!"
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2008 03:35:41 PM »

Personally I wouldn't do a rolled hem on that, it doesn't look like the kind of fabric I'd do one on, I'd just do a regular old hem with some invisible stitches.
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McJulie-O
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2008 03:47:29 PM »

Personally I wouldn't do a rolled hem on that, it doesn't look like the kind of fabric I'd do one on, I'd just do a regular old hem with some invisible stitches.
I agree... I'm not sure that flannel will sustain a rolled hem very well but it would do terrifically with a regular hem.

You might want to practice with your rolled hem foot on a variety of weaves and fabrics, before actually entrusting a finished garment to it....

Incidentally, that's a lovely idea to use a flannel plaid for this dress- it looks great (Wal-mart comes through for us once again!)
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