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Topic: First sewing project: A dress for a ball.  (Read 1529 times)
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« on: July 04, 2010 04:25:13 AM »

Hi everyone, this is my first ever item of clothing I have made and also the second time using a sewing machine. I decided to make my life incredibly difficult and make the pattern myself. Of course that wasn't insane enough for my liking and I had limited fabric available (Cambridge has no fabric shops other than John Lewis and I'm not rich enough to shop there yet!) so I decided to team the velvet fabric that I had with some T-shirts from Primark...
Lots of people told me it was mad. I agreed. I also ran out of time as I went on a course for the week preceding the ball so ended up finishing the dresss (sort of Roll Eyes) about an hour before it was worn out! I didn't have the time to hem the bottom but luckily the t-shit fabric seems fine without it and the velvelt is also holding up fairly well so far!


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All in all I'm immensely pleased by it as lots of people were surprised to find out that I had made it Cheesy and it didn't fall apart at all!

Lessons learnt for next time:
  • Buy a pattern.
  • Buy proper fabric.
  • Have enough time to attempt insane project.
  • Start off by sewing very simple things!!
  • Pins are probably my friends and I should learn how to use them.

Thanks for looking and any advice on pinning is appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010 05:06:30 AM »

It looks great!  I love your matching stripy accessories, it looks like the whole thing matches your personality really well and you rock it!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010 06:21:58 AM »

this is great, doesnt look like a first attempt at all, love it with the stripy socks..

only advice on pins is use them!, parallel to the line of stitching that you will eventually make, leave the pins in until you sew and then take them out one at a time as they approach the sewing machine needle...dont sew over them!...and remember to take them all out, its not so comfortable wearing clothing with the pins still in it!

and t-shirt fabric is a pig to sew, but great as it doesnt need hems...ditto stretch velvet...next time try a non-stretchy fabric..and since you live in the UK look out for the Burda style magazine, it is monthly and is filled with patterns...much  much cheaper than buying patterns individually.

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I would love to get my hands on charlie harper fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010 07:59:21 AM »

Wow, that's fantastic, especially for your first sewing project! 

« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010 09:55:50 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments!

I'll keep an eye out for that magazine and shall bear in mind the pin advice, no more attempting to sew over them!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010 11:48:03 AM »

Here's a pin lesson I just learned- instead of pinning across your seam line- pin parallel to it about an inch away- this way when you sew you don't have to worry about hitting the pins and don't have to remove them until you finish sewing and PRESS, Press, PRESS (it makes all the difference)

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010 12:22:28 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments!

I'll keep an eye out for that magazine and shall bear in mind the pin advice, no more attempting to sew over them!!

One time in home ec class I sewed over a couple of pins and ended up bending them. Ha.  Cheesy

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