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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Beginning Sewing: Easy to Sew Top on: November 15, 2012 10:52:02 AM
I'm trying to begin learning how to sew clothes- really nice, tailored clothes, some elegant historical dresses and costumes, and maybe some snazzy evening wear. I am nowhere near that yet. I can follow easy patterns and have done so before, but it has been a while.  I want to methodically learn new techniques and practice using a variety of materials.  So to get my fingers limber, I chose a pattern I knew I would be able to do: Simplicity 3799.  It is listed as "Easy-to-Sew".

Includes following skills:
* gathering
* top stitching
* hemming
* using interfacing
* sewing curves, snipping curves,

Material Used: 100% Cotton, Quilting

Pattern Review: I made view B, the top. A dress of the same style, just longer, is also available. Also included are a mid-drift jacket, capris, and shorts. Easy to follow. Yoke required a bit of fiddling for a nice finish.

Fit: Pattern is a bit tent like in design.  I think choosing a thinner material with a better drape will help.  It is comfortable though.  I may try this pattern again in a different fabric. I think it looks better with a belt.

* Interfacing: The yoke is a bit stiff.  I used fusible interfacing on both pieces (inside and outside) of the yoke.  I think I should have used it only on one side. Also, should the interfacing be caught by the seam or not?
* Gathering: My gathering isn't as pretty as it could be. Need more practice.
* Seam Finishing: Not sure how to finish the exposed seams on the inside of the top.

Comments, critiques, and tips are very welcome.
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: at last, some totes with patchworking :) on: November 14, 2012 12:54:18 PM
I LOVE these! Great looking totes! Love the fabric and the embroidery!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Professional Tips: Preparing patterns and Tracing on: November 14, 2012 09:51:48 AM
Thank you Alexus for the links. I'll dive right in.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Messenger Style Knitting Bag (several pics) on: November 13, 2012 04:57:37 AM
Thank you, bananaleg! I'm hoping it will be very useful.
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Twelve Days of Christmas Cross-Stitch on: November 13, 2012 04:55:10 AM
This is so beautiful! Way to keep up working on it all year long. 
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lace Back Top with Matching Skirt (Tutorial Link!) on: November 12, 2012 08:30:57 PM
The outfit suits you very well. The skirt drapes beautifully! I'm bookmarking it now.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Apron goddess strikes again on: November 12, 2012 08:27:55 PM
Cute! I like the idea of a recipe in the pocket, too.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New furry animal ear hats on: November 12, 2012 08:25:53 PM
Super fun and warm too, I think.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shoulder bag on: November 12, 2012 08:18:49 PM
Aw, it is sweet! Is the strap a single piece of yarn?
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cross over Bag! on: November 12, 2012 08:17:09 PM
What a fun bag! Glad to hear she loves it!
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