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Topic: A very unproductive morning's sewing. Look at the mess I made... {IMG HEAVY!}  (Read 1442 times)
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« on: June 09, 2007 09:12:09 AM »

So it is my friend's birthday this weekend and I thought I would make her a little bag and matching purse.  And I had the bright idea of making it from some Chinese brocade left over from a skirt I made ages ago.  I must have forgotten how absolutely rotten this fabric was to work with.  It was this fabric alone that made me buy a serger.  It not only frays, it falls apart before your very eyes.  If you serge it, it frays under the serging.  Plus it snags on the feed dogs, threads get pulled in it, it melts under the heat of an iron on a low temperature even when you use a pressing cloth, it clogs up the serger, and it is apparently impossible to sew a straight line with it.  Seam guides?  Pah!  This renders them useless.  Watch as it pulls itself out of shape with little or no help from you.  Not even a cotton lining can save it.  And it's all my own fault for buying cheap rubbish fabric.  Not all Chinese brocade is as bad as this!

Anyway sorry about the long rant.  Here are some photos of the fiasco that I will NOT be giving my friend for her birthday.  Every single edge was straight when I cut it, I promise. 

This is the purse:

Look at the state of the bottom left corner.  And in the bottom right, it got scorched with the iron.  I chopped a bit off but it went so wonky, I might as well just have left it.  Oh and look at the crooked buttonhole.  I actually drew that on with tailor's chalk, but it still managed to go wonky.

Here's the bag:

Oh, and just to prove that I can normally sew a straight line:

Sorry for all the photos and for being grumpy - I am just cross that I wasted about two hours this morning wrestling with horrible fabric when I could have been making something nice!


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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2007 09:16:04 AM »

haha i hate brocade too
i tryed to handsew it onto balerina flats
...lets just say i had to change the fabric....

you did a really good job with it i like it alot!
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2007 09:37:38 AM »

Is this the cheap stuff I see all the time at JoAnn's?  It looks nice from far away, but then I get close to it and realize there's a reason it's cheap. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2007 09:41:24 AM »

It does look nice though. Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2007 10:06:48 AM »

Well I live in the UK so I don't know about JoAnns, but this stuff was 1 per metre from a market stall!

I am just about to start making Birthday Present Mark II, I will post pics later  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2007 06:37:55 PM »

oh i have that same brocade
i tried to make a decent wallet out of it
but it just didnt look as clean as i like
it was all lumpy and ugly
it was cheap though...  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2007 07:42:31 PM »

heh i have made some cool bags out of brocade but yes it sheds like mad and i get annoyed having to pick it off of me for days. good job tho! I looove any and all asian prints Wink

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2007 07:46:37 PM »

I love it.....regardless if it isn't as perfect as you'd like!  I'd love one just like it!  Cheesy  Rock on!
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2007 07:55:34 PM »

did you try to stabilize it with iron on interfacing first? I have found that helps keep it's shape a little better. I have also used wunder under and fused it to a piece of cotton sheet that I use for everything that will be hidden.
I do love your colours and the bags don't look that bad at all. You should be happy that you CONQUERED it!  I think it's great

« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2007 10:39:36 PM »

I didn't use interfacing - I couldn't get it to stick without melting the fabric!  Although I did have some iron on stabiliser for embroidery and applique that might have fused at a lower temperature, I could have tried that.

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