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« on: October 24, 2010 11:41:59 AM »


The sheet cost me a dollar at the thrift store.  The pattern, another dollar.  The zipper, another dollar.  Thread and such came from my stash, making the total cost of this dress $3.


It was quite a quick and straightforward pattern to sew up (or would have been, if I didn't take a month-long break in the middle of it), and I hope to use it again.  Problem is, the skirt is hanging a little oddly.  It's kind of... poofy, and buckling oddly at the seams:


I have a good basic knowledge of body and drape, but I feel like I don't actually understand WHY fabric behaves how it does much of the time. The problem is hard to put into words: like I said, I have a basic understanding, but sometimes when sewing I get bunching here or buckling there or poofiness there, and I'm not quite sure why.  Once I get a good feeling for the properties and behaviors of fabric, to the point where I can say "I see this problem, and I know how to fix it", then I think I'll consider myself an advanced seamstress.

Until then, my intermediate self will keep playing with thrift store sheets.


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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010 03:22:48 PM »

When I was in sewing school the instructors made a BIG deal out of not using sheets for garments. Their reason was that often the sheets are not printed on grain and using them will distort the seams - that sounds like what is going on for you. It looks great in the pictures though. You should try that pattern on yard goods and see if that " fixes" the problem.
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010 03:31:39 PM »

When I was in sewing school the instructors made a BIG deal out of not using sheets for garments. Their reason was that often the sheets are not printed on grain and using them will distort the seams - that sounds like what is going on for you. It looks great in the pictures though. You should try that pattern on yard goods and see if that " fixes" the problem.

Oh. I learned something new today. Although I must admit, I'll probably still try using sheets for garments. Some are just too pretty to just lie on a bed. And they're great for kids' costumes. Grin You'll have to tell me which thrift store you got those bedsheets from Corvus. The flowered ones I find always look gaudy, not pretty like yours. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2010 04:57:15 PM »

Your dress is lovely!!  I love the vintage look pattern as well...

You can always find the grain on a fabric sheet by tearing...anything sewn off grain will hang funny, buckle, etc. no matter what you do...I love using sheets, but I do take the extra time to find the straight grain...
Sometimes it also helps to underline the thinner fabric...

Can't wait to see more of your creations

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2010 07:57:51 PM »

The seams problems could be you did not use the right needle or needed a new needle. Also could be too much pressure on the presser foot if your machine has this adjustment, if not try a roller foot so that the upper and bottom fabric feed evenly. T
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