Help for an Experienced Beginner
5 months ago
Hi – I am a quilter normally but, in the distant past, I was a garment maker. I even took a tailoring class once and made a suit. But that was long ago and far away. I have a lovely length of wool that I found in my fabric stash and I bought the Woodland Stroll Cape for that fabric. I am awaiting delivery of some Liberty Tana Lawn for the lining and also some leather buckle closures instead of buttons. Now, I have questions: First, interfacing: I have a lot of unbleached muslin. Can I use that instead of lightweight iron on interfacing (which I recall very unfondly!). I am familiar with how to attach non-iron on interfacing. Just need to know what to use for it. Second, thread for garment sewing? I use Aurifil 50 wt cotton for quilting. Is that ok? Or should I get something else? Third and I think last is sewing on the leather closure tabs to the wool. Any special thing to do here? Any special thread? I know that is a lot of questions but it has been since the 1980’s that I made a garment!!!5 months ago
Hello, and a few quick answers to your questions: you can probably use unbleached muslin if you pre-wash it, and I would likely toss it in the dryer to be sure it’s completely shrunk. They press it well before use. My experience with Aurifil is limited but I would suggest an all-purpose thread for apparel stitching. It’s best when the thread has some poly for strength. And I’m not sure what sort of leather closures, but again all-purpose thread or even denim thread if you want a heavier topstitching. If the holes are pre-drilled you might want to hand-stitch to line up your stitching to the holes? Have fun!5 months ago
Thank you. I will certainly prewash the muslin before use! I believe the leather closures I got do have pre-drilled holes and I think hand stitching would look nice, as I could use a heavier thread. This is all a new adventure for me – out of my comfort zone of making and quilting quilts!5 months agoMarion @Mazza
I’ve done something silly. I have a pretty fabric that’s hard to tell the wrong and right side of. And yes, I’ve cut it out on the wrong side! Ekkkk!!!! Can I still use it?5 months ago
Can’t you just flip it and use the right side? Everything is symmetrical, so just mark the wrong side so you keep it all straight.5 months agoMarion @Mazza
Hummm…I thought I might but it’s and “odd “ dress a Marcy Tildon pattern that has unusual pieces all over the place. Would it still be ok to “flip” it? Thanks For answering my questions and not making me feel silly.
5 months ago
- This reply was modified 5 months ago by Marion.
My understanding was that you’re sewing the Woodland Stroll Cape?5 months ago
Follow up question…I have read through the instructions and don’t see anything about the seam allowance. In the old days when I was making garments, the seam allowance was 5/8″. Is that the seam allowance that is supposed to be used on this garment? I am so used to using 1/4″ seams for quilts! I don’t want to screw up!!!5 months agoLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch
Hi Cindy, the seam allowance is there on Page 2 of the Instructions: General Instructions, point 4: “Seam allowances are included in the pattern and are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted”.
All of the Oliver + S an dLiesl+ Co patterns tend to work with 1/2″ seam allowances, the main exception being knit garments which may have a 1/4″ seam allowance. You’ve remembered correctly that the big commercial patterns tend to be 5/8″ seam allowance.
Enjoy sewing the cape!5 months ago
Oh…thank you. 1/2″ seems quite sensible!3 months ago
I have finally finished it! It looks great and was reasonably easy too! Though I must confess that I’d much rather be quilting!!!Thanks to those Liesl for a great pattern
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It looks great on you! Well done.
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