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1  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.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Professional Tips: Preparing patterns and Tracing on: November 12, 2012 05:28:26 AM
I've got several bought clothing patterns that are next on my list of items to make. I have followed patterns to make clothing before, but I'm looking to get more professional results this time around. 

I'd like to know if anyone knows of a great tute explaining the detail on how to use bought patterns or clothing sewing.

Specifically, I'll be starting with pattern preparation, cutting the pattern out, tracing the pattern and cutting material. In the past I've sewn some pretty basic Easy to Sew patterns, but did not learn the little specifics that might be obvious to more experienced seamstresses.  Any pointers, advice, or sites you can point me to. I'd like to learn the "right" way.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger Style Knitting Bag (several pics) on: November 11, 2012 08:29:30 PM
I wanted to make a messenger style knitting bag that had pockets just for needles.  I seem to bust needles all the time when they are down in the main part of the bag.  I found one to buy, but thought I could do something similar.  I also wanted to try a new-to-me technique: welted pocket.  After finding lots of online tutorials and one in a book I have, I attempted the pocket. I never did find a great tute with lots of photos though.  I roughly drafted some dimensions and then went to work cutting (and sometimes re-cutting.)

Outside of Bag.

Welted pocket and close up. The "welted pocket" flap uses an eye and hook to attach to the bag.

Open the welted pocket flap to reveal needle storage.

Looking down into the bag.  There is also an interior pocket which I did not get a picture of.

ETA: comments and crits welcome - I'm working on getting my sewing skill improved.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / rounded zippered bag from picture tute on: November 08, 2012 04:11:29 AM
Hi! I used this picture tute ( http://pinterest.com/pin/175007135491349107/ ) I found on Pinterest to make this bag.  The directions are in a language I can not read, so I winged it based on the pictures.  I added interfacing to my bag in addition.  

I started with a 7 inch square and used a large spray bottle bottom to round off the corners.  From there, I just measured each piece against my square. I like the look of the bag, but without knowing the deminsions, I think I'll go about constructing it a little differently. Also, next time, I'll add a handle and sew the lining in the "inside out" method to get a seemless interior.  The round corners were a little difficult and I managed to get a few puckers. The picture shows some buckling, but that is just the wads of fabric I stuffed inside to give it some weight for the pictures.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Needle Book on: November 07, 2012 10:01:47 AM
Hi! This is my first project posted on Craftster. I was inspired by the Teesha Moore items on here. It looked like easy fun. I whipped up a few patches and made a needlebook. I needed a small quick gift to tuck into a swap package on another site, and this was just the thing. My partner likes Day of the Dead stuff.

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