Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mix and Match

This Dress is one of those Accidents that Everyone Seems to Like

Yes, That is a Separate Scarf -same as dress fabric - With Slanted Ends of a tube of the fabric-Long as the Jacket points.

From the 2.97 Room and Very Soft With Lots of Colors.... no one else seemed to like it .... I made this dress from a Blouse pattern and extended the blouse.  Usually I wear it with Fuschia or Burgundy and Yesterday I wore it with the Blue Jacket... and it Brought Out all the Blues... Blue Button Earrings of the jacket fabric, and lots of blue bangles and silver and gold bracelets with my usual many rings to distract the customers when I am cutting or figuring for them....

This heartshaped pin was made by dropping bits of the same color glass as in the dress into a heart mold and melting in an old microwave I have for this crafting.  Sometimes I feel the need to try different mediums of the same color.

This is the old pattern I used for this dress.  It was the Blouse view and I just Extended the length and gradually made it go out till the bottom.  This works with any blouse pattern you make with a stretchy matte jersey type of material when you go past your hips and down it just drapes nicely.  Sometimes I do slits at the bottom of the calves just for different flow.

Easy Quick Dress

This is the Blue Jacket-Jacket Extended 6 inches and sleeves extended to wrists- Easy Jacket no facings.

Old Patterns can be found on Ebay and Etsy or just a search on Google with Vendor and Pattern number may find one on Amazon.  Make sure it is uncut if it says used, and all pieces included.  Or just trying going straight to the vendor maybe they have one you want.  Most mailings are a couple of days unless it is from China or India.

No, I do not have a serger.  I sew everything with a quarter inch seam and use an overcast on a regular sewing machine.  It is over 20 years old and does embroidery.  I may get a new embroidery only machine that will download from the internet because that part of my machine is obsolete.

TIP:  Machine Needles
Use Ballpoint for Knits and Universal Sharps for Wovens (no stretch)
Number system is lower number is for lighter weight skinnier shaft. I.E. 11 Lingerie, 12 little heavier, 14 medium, 16, 18 are for upholstery weight, vinyl and leather.  

A ballpoint is for knits so you do not cut the elasticized or chain stitch threads that hold the material together and cause a hole in your fabric when stitching, like when you run your hose.  If you think about it - it makes sense.  Cut the rubber band or elastic and it snaps- so ballpoint when you have a problem with whitening of the hole where you are stitching in your stretchy fabric.

Number system is the same for ballpoint or sharps.  You need a stronger needle for heavier sewing... (why does my needle bend and hit the bobbin?-that's why)   A Lighter needle will be easier on your lightweight fabrics and not as big a hole when sewing.

TIP: Sewing Stitches wrong...

CHECK THREADING IN YOUR MANUAL - CLEAN OUT THE BOTTOM AND WHERE THREADING OF DUST AND RANDOM THREAD ENDS-CHANGE YOUR NEEDLE TO A NICE NEW STRAIGHT NEEDLE.  NEVER PULL YOUR FABRIC.  YOUR MACHINE SHOULD MAKE THE FABRIC MOVE WITH THE FEED DOG.. YOU GENTLY GUIDE THE FABRIC SO IT DOESN'T GO CROOKED.

TIP: ALWAYS PLUG YOUR IRON IN WHEN YOU START SEWING TO BE READY FOR IRONING SEAMS AS YOU GO OR INTERFACING.

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