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Topic: starting a sewing project from scratch do u use the "nice" fabric?  (Read 942 times)
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« on: September 20, 2014 12:19:38 PM »

when u start a sewing project from scratch, and I'm talking about from just imagination, nothing but a pic that sorta looks like what u want would u just piece it together out of any old scraps? Or confident that it would turn out OK go ahead and buy the good fabric you'd want on final product? someplace in between?
This already sounds like one of those "it depends" questions, but besides generous seam allowances - ways to recover if the prototype doesn't come out as u envisioned?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2014 02:12:49 PM »

I would start with a fabric with a drape and hand similar to the final fabric, but was cheap.   You wouldn't want to use a stiff fabric for something drapey, or knit if you're planning to use woven in the final. 

Muslin is the usual fabric, but you can use what you have on hand (old sheets, for instance).  I like to use "C" list fabric--cheap, have on hand, not my favorite, but would wear it if made up.  That way, if the prototype works out, I have a usable garment.

Recovery tips:  Pin, try on, adjust.  Baste, try on, adjust.

Also, consider making yourself a duct-tape dummy, a dressform made from duct tape and an old tee shirt.  I stuffed mine with plastic grocery bags.  Google to find directions.

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014 04:31:47 AM »

I tend to dive in head-first, and follow the old adage of "if you don't know what you're doing, do it carefully!"  Smiley  That said, I have been known to do "test" constructions if I'm not completely sure how to assemble something (like a tricky pocket or something), but I've not done one for an entire item.

« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2014 09:37:27 AM »

^^^ several good tips above
I put  first pieces I cut in scraps because of the Hand issue.
I'm building my 1st proto 1/2 scale so it doesn't take somuch materials.
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