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6 months ago
Hi, Nancy I have made many of the jackets, using quilting cotton for one side and various fabrics for the reverse – linen-cotton (Essex), lightweight tartan brushed shirting (poly/cotton), sweatshirt fleece, french terry, cotton interlock, and cotton ponte. When I use a heavier fabric, I trim the shoulder darts so that the bulk is reduced. I’ve used quilting cotton, cotton lawn and a fine brushed cotton shirting for the bodysuit.I hope you find the perfect fabric for your project.3 years ago
I have not done very much sewing in knits but I did sew this pattern in a stretchy knit and found a couple of tricks useful. WRT the buttonholes, I interfaced both the placket areas, i.e. bodice side and the lining side and I added another stabilizing piece of woven non-slippery ribbon (or twill tape) to both inside placket areas as my fabric was very stretchy and then I used snaps instead of buttons. At the waist I stabilized the bodice edge with an interfacing strip and then basted on the gathered skirt piece, I think if I remember correctly, by hand, before sewing the waist seam using, as you mention you did, the walking foot but using a straight stitch as this seam does not need to be stretchy because it is already a loose fit. NB be sure to put a line of gathering stitches on both sides of the seamline of the skirt to help so the gathers “sit up” between the gathering stitches. I hope this helps.
4 years ago
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by NanaMar.
The floral at Harts Fabrics is not the one on the McCalls pattern – sorry!
Marlene4 years ago
I found the Quilt Illusions black floral double knit at:
Cheers, Marlene4 years ago
What good news, Todd! What a wonderful gift you have given your friend, Liesl!
I have a book recommendation for you: His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay, a Canadian author from Ottawa, the story of a ten year old boy who lives in New York City and summers in Ontario with themes of loss, forgiveness and love – lots of love, set in the 1990’s during the time of the referendum in Quebec. Ms. Hay writes so well, the book is a joy to read.
I hope your recovery continues to be speedy and comfortable, Liesl.4 years ago
Hi from Gabriola Island
I found the twin of the ruler you stock, Liesl – a C-thru 6″ with both inch and metric markings, perfect for those of us in metric countries:4 years ago
I found this site online – seems to fit your requirements:
Cheers, Marlene4 years ago
Some patterns may be written to include two gathering lines within the seam allowances but most of the ones I have used have one line of gathering inside the allowance and one outside to control the gathers when you sew the seamline. The threads for the line that shows are removed after the seam is sewn. I learned this technique in Home Economics class in 1957! There are fabrics where a gathering line outside the seam allowance might leave holes that would not iron/press out e.g. silk, laminates, some rain-proof outerwear fabrics. I hope this helps.4 years ago
Pinwale corduroy would be a cosy choice for this pattern with perhaps a voile or lawn for the yoke lining and bias at the shoulder (cuts down a bit on bulk).
Hope this helps.4 years ago
Have you considered waistband elastic – the 2 inch wide, soft, coloured elastic from Dritz? I use it on circle skirts and have used it on a a Music Class skirt as well.5 years ago
Good morning, NZ
I found a few patterns that might help you re-create your coat.
Two of them are Simplicity Project runway out-of-print ones.
First, the girl’s coat pattern that reminded me of your coat:
Simplicity 2534 which goes up to Girls size 14, and
Simplicity 2508 which has a super collar
Use this link to get to Simplicity Creative which carries OOP patterns – and brings up 2508;
Vogue has one pattern – V9157:
and Butterick, too, has one – B6141, that might help:
Losing a favourite article of clothing can be like losing an old friend – good luck!
Marlene5 years ago
I don’t have the Everyday Skirt pattern but I assume the hem is a turned one and one could use a gathering thread along the fold line of the turned hem, press the fold in, and with the hem turned up, gently pull the gathers to fit the curve wherever needed, pin in place then press again and sew by hand or whatever method the instructions suggest. Another approach, and my favourite way to hem a curved hem, is to make a facing 3 inches deep (resulting in a 2 inch hem), attach to the chosen length for the skirt plus a half inch for seam allowance – sew with a half inch seam, press then press open with seam allowances toward the facing side, edge stitch the three layers close to the seam line, press again this time with the facing turned in. Run a gathering stitch around the top of the facing at half an inch then press along this line, folding the turn to the inside. Now topstitch the hem from the inside, if this is an appropriate finish, or hand stitch the hem in place for a more finished look. This is the way that the Oliver and S patterns finish curved hems, e.g. in the Tea Party dress and the Family Reunion dress.
I hope this helps.
Marlene5 years ago
Good morning, Mel
I would try leaving one of the side seams unsewn, both lining and outer fabric, sew the hem together and turn the poncho to the right side. You will end up with a donut shape with a “slit” in it, i.e. the open side seam. Then join that open side seam right sides together as far as you can go (you should be able to get all but 10 to 15 inches sewn up by manipulating the fabric, leaving the unsewn portion in the lining) then hand stitch the remaining opening.
I hope this helps. Marlene5 years ago
I make my own piping, using Cro-sheen and cotton fabric (pre-washed). This makes a finer piping than the piping available at my local fabric store here in Canada.5 years ago
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