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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP!! How to cut fabric for skirt on the bias - pics anyone?? on: February 02, 2007 01:21:13 PM
Im going to sew the skirt from the pattern in "Sew U".  And I want to cut my fabric (a tartan) on the bias.

The book explains every step in detail - exept for how to lay out the fabric for cutting on the bias. 

The pattern for the front of the skirt is a half-pattern, supposed to be laid out at the fold of the fabric.  But how do I fold the fabric - which way?

Probably a stupid question, but this fabric was quite expensive and I really dont want to mess it up...  I tried searching the forum, but could not find any info on this (then again, Im lousy at search phrases in English, so it might very well already be here)

If someone has a picture of laying out fabric and pattern for bias cutting, I would be sooo happy!  Thank you!  Smiley Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Vintage birthday dress on: January 11, 2007 01:34:51 PM
My youngest daughter is 5 years old today, and I made her this birthday dress from a vintage (70`s) pattern.  She loved it!  I altered the pattern a little bit to eliminate the need for a zipper (I dont know how to insert one and did not have the time to learn that  Embarrassed  )

More info in my blog: http://sewtheysay.blogspot.com
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Plaid/tartan fabric on: November 20, 2006 11:10:21 AM
Does anyone know where I can find cheap plaid/tartan/kilt-like fabric?  When I google, I can only find the real deal - the autentic tartans from Scotland.  Lovely, but sooo expensive...and I dont need the authentic kind, just a nice plaid fabric!  But where to buy??? Huh
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sewing patterns and recommended fabrics - how important is it? on: November 03, 2006 01:40:33 AM
Im sorry if this question has been asked before, but I have tried searching with no results:

How important is following the recommendation of fabric choice when following a sewing pattern?
For example:
1.  Would it be possible to sew a pattern recommended for wovens in a knit?  Would that mean that I should choose a smaller size, since the knit is stretchy?  Or would it ruin the whole project?

2.  I have a vintage pattern for a tunic/caftan thing  that I would like to sew in wool felt. (I want to make the short version, but without the hood) 
But the pattern is recommended for poplin, batiste etc. - that is, thinner fabrics.  Would the tunic end up being to small? 

I hope some of you experienced sewers can help me - thank you!  And please excuse my rusty English  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / An outfit for a winter princess! on: October 22, 2006 01:45:58 AM
Its getting cold here in Norway, so I made my youngest daughter a jacket and crown/headband in wool felt.
She picked the color of the fabric herself, and also picked out the flower embellishments and the cat applique. Were both very happy with the results:

Pictures of the winter princess are in my blog!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flower dress! on: October 08, 2006 05:14:28 AM
I made another dress, this time with a flower appliqu  Smiley  (I "borrowed" the  flower pattern from Mary Quants website).  The dress is made of cotton velour - super comfy!

More pics in my blog:  http://sewtheysay.blogspot.com
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Facing/interfacing - language problems!! on: October 07, 2006 06:46:53 AM
Hi!  English is my second language, and Im having trouble reading my patterns.  So I hope you can help - and this is probably a really stupid question  Embarrassed :
What is a facing?  Is it the same as to line a piece of clothing?   And what is the difference between interfacing and facing?

I hope someone can help - thanks!!  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress forms - are they worth the money? on: October 03, 2006 12:42:31 AM
Im thinking about buying a dress form - but are they worth the money?   I can see from pics that a lot of sewers here have one - how do you use them, and what do you use them for?  Would you recommend buying one?

Thanks!  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I found the greatest vintage patterns on: October 02, 2006 03:03:49 PM
Ive been shopping - vintage patterns!  I just love them, I bought several, my favourite being this one:

Cant wait to sew it!

(Pictures of the other ones in my blog:  http://sewtheysay.blogspot.com)

Now Ill need some great fabric to go with the patterns.  Does anyone know about an internet store that sells vintage fabric, or vintage "look-alike" fabric?  Suggestions for fabric qualities and stores are highly appreciated  Smiley Smiley Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Question about fabric on: October 02, 2006 12:54:39 AM
I want to make a top and skirt from a Kwik Sew Pattern (3003).

The fabric recommended is a knit with 35% stretch across the grain for the top and lightweight to medium wovens for the skirt.

My question:  I have a stretch velour with 25% stretch across the grain.  Do you think I could use that for the top?  Would I have to make it in a larger size since it does not stretch as much as recommended?

And can I use a lightweight courdroy for the skirt, with some stretch in the fabric, or should it be a fabric without stretch at all?

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