Well my sewing machine has been mended, serviced and looking very pretty shoved under kids table .
Just need to buy a pattern and fabric OR start randomly sewing bits of the fabric I already have in the house. As soon as the kids are back at school and the little ones are napping, I will brave the machine and report back !
It looks okay though, the zip is flat, straight and sits pretty well hidden. Not sure how to get a straight hem though it's quite a full skirt. I've pinned it but I think I need to try it on to suss out the wonky bits.
The last sewing bee thread really inspired me, I think I may be hooked now
Hello! It took me a while to find this thread - I'm so glad it's still going.
I'm amazed you've got a skirt done already, doyou - wow! That is inspiring.
I was going to post a separate thread here, but I'm guessing this is where we're chatting about projects?
I have a dilemma. There's a dress I really want to make, and a friend of mine is going to help me if I need it. The pattern is meant to be reasonably easy (there's a more complicated version with sleeves if I get ambitious later on!). However. The instructions say you need reasonably heavy-weigh cotton and to 'avoid quilting or shirting cotton like the plague'. Ok, fine. But, looking around on the net, the people who've made this dress seem often to have used cottons I've seen on quilting websites (Michael Miller, for example). And I know myself that quilting cottons vary quite a bit in terms of weight.
Should I risk it? I just don't see the point making a dress in a fabric I'm so-so about, and I have really looked pretty hard for nice heavy-weight fabrics.
Ok, I finally found my motivation and made the bodice for my curtain dress. It worked pretty well for a first attempt with no pattern to work from, I even got a zip sewn into bodice and skirt, helping to join them. It's a bit loose as I was wary of cutting too much off, I may need to add shoulder straps to keep it up. It does, however, nicely show off my teeny waist and makes my boobs look perky. I love the 1950s, they knew how to celebrate hourglasses!
LRD, that dress looks amazing. the fabric the blogger used really suits it. it does look as though ot needs a heavier fabric rather than a standard cotton but the fabric used looks heavier, it's hanging quite well, it's not see through and the pleats ate holding their shape. go for it.
Has anyone been a member of the Sew Direct pattern club thingy? www.sewdirect.com/ it looks good and they seem to have bargain patterns, but I'd never heard of it before. Not sure if I'd get the use to justify being a member or not though.
Rue I'm a member and receive Sew Today. It's basically a magazine for Vogue, McCalls and Butterick patterns but also has some good articles about all sorts of sewing tips and ideas.
I decided to subscribe a few years ago after I couldn't find the old Vogue Patterns magazine I remember from 'my youth' and I think this is the latest incarnation of it.
It show cases the latest designs and yes, the pattern deals are worth it. I've bought patterns and other things from them (latest thing was probably a chalk marking set which I've found really useful for embroidery.
It's lovely to have the magazine through the post and I think that the £7.50 subscription every three months is far better value than the Good Food subscription I was having!
i think it's just the fabric that faces the inside of your item. the skirt i made had a waistband facing inwards and you sew it so it doesn't roll to be on the outside. so you probably get it around necklines etc too.
Marking my place - have just bought several retro Butterick patterns with a view to making a dress for a wedding later this summer. I'm not a beginner but not really intermediate either. Zips are my nemesis. Made some curtains last year but they were too narrow for the window facepalm
facing is also backed with interfacing - which is usually sewn or ironed onto the back (wrong side) of the facing. the facing is basically a linong made of only a tiny bit of the same pattern - usually around necks and armholes in dresses and waistbands in trousers and skirts.
think of it as a way of pretending the garment didn't finish there - so if somekne comes up to you and turns the top of your neckline there, it's still the dress fabric. it looks nicer and it hels to give shape and means it gangs better. and feels nicer too. interfacing then gives shape and strength and lining is attached tovthe facing