Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:44 AM
Posted 10 October 2011 - 11:57 PM
Posted 11 October 2011 - 02:04 AM
Thanks, that's what I figured. I have the cutting mat and rotary cutter, but I'm waiting for xmas to get a bona-fide cutting table. Right now I'm using a narrow low table that is not really workable for chiffons and silks. I'm getting a serger too, so I can experiment and see what I like.
I loom knit leg warmers, I have a red pair and one half of a baby blue pair so far. I have chiffon and grosgrain for skirts, but am waiting for a proper cutting table to work with such a slippery fabric. I have plans to use my looms for sweater parts this winter. Crafting and sewing are two of my hobbies.
I used to find the hardest part of sewing a skirt was cutting it out... the more perfect it is when you cut it out the easier it is to sew (I dont have an overlocker, so I use the rolled seam foot on my sewing machine to do the hem... it works veyr well particularly for short skirts where you dont really want the "frilly" look that you get when you pull the fabric while overlocking it)... what I found that works very well is to very carefully fold the fabric and pin it to the pattern with only just enough pins to hold the pattern in place... then use a cutting board (like the ones everyone uses for scrapbooking) and a rotary cutting blade (looks like a little tiny wheel attached to a yellow plastic handle which you just roll around the edge of the pattern).
Posted 11 October 2011 - 12:11 PM
Posted 11 October 2011 - 07:07 PM
Posted 12 October 2011 - 01:16 AM
I'm so impressed with all of y'all's skills! I can sew by hand, and knit in a very basic way, and I used to crochet when I was MUCH younger... but sewing machines and sergers and cutting on the grain are so beyond me. I've seen images of some of the things some of you have made... I'm so impressed! I wish I could sew, especially as I'm so short, it would probably help with tailoring things to be my size. I have a stack of nice chiffon and georgette for skrits, with ribbons.... but never had a chance for my mom to teach me as we planned. I've inherited the sewing machine (which is a serger, I think, and with my dad)... yet the material sits there. Someday, I tell you, someday, I will learn!
Just go for it, I promise it is a LOT easier than you think... you can truly whip up a basic wrap around skirt in maximum of 1 hour... if you want some help on how to go about it in a step by step way, PM me and I will "talk" you through it. I really dont sew very well at all and I am not saying my skirts are amazing after a year or so they start to fray a bit and I toss them away but as the materials to make them cost me less than $5 it really doesnt matter.
Posted 18 November 2011 - 06:47 AM
I admit that I had our school's ballet wardrobe mistress helping me (giving me step by step instructions while she was doing her own sewing); but I did it, so chuffed with both myself and the end result
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Edited by DaPixie, 29 April 2012 - 02:37 AM.