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SWAP 2020 / Re: Ginger's "She looks so put...
Last post by Ginger-sews - December 02, 2019, 08:40:17 am
And a 'live action' shot...
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Ginger's "She looks so put...
Last post by Ginger-sews - December 02, 2019, 08:15:12 am
Here are my pre-swap Thanksgiving sews.  The tops are 3/4 sleeve tunic length tees. Made all on the serger with coverstitch neckline and hems. The skirt is a simple pullon I've made before - all serger, too.

The pictures aren't the greatest (not great light to sew under either) - the colors are brighter and not so yellow. But, you get the idea. :)






I have some nice golden colored stretch panne to make a nice dressier tee for the swap using this top pattern.

Making progress!
Ginger
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Ginger-sews - December 02, 2019, 08:05:37 am
Whew it's been a couple of busy weeks! I went to visit family in Texas the week before Thanksgiving. My mom quilts and sews a lot so I always take projects and consider it a mini-sewing vacation. My dad is in poor health so we stay home all the time anyway and I sew at the dining room table so we can still "visit". A couple of years ago I ended up with an "extra" machine (#3 for me) that I wasn't thrilled with, so I shipped it to her for birthday/Christmas. This year, I asked about her serger and she said it was on the fritz (it was also about 30 years old), so I sent her a new serger with coverstitch. It's a somewhat selfish gift because I really wanted to sew some knits while I was there but she's thrilled to have it, too... win/win. 

It gave me the chance to sew up some knit tops and test a basic 3/4 sleeve t-shirt/tunic pattern I want to make dozens of. Also gave me the chance to practice threading and rethreading and rethreading the serger and use the coverstitch.  I've posted pics of my makes in my thread.  Even though they don't count as swap pieces, they can mix/match with the navy blue ponte slim-line pants I plan to sew for the swap.

In 3 days I sewed 3 tops and a short knit skirt all from stash. Score!!!

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I made up my TNT pencil skirt pattern in a wool plaid I thought I'd like (I don't) and got a chance to make sure that still fits (it does). I plan to use that pattern for the base of my skirts for the challenge.

So - lots of pre-swapping sewing going on over here and a really fun vacation.
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Me too! Felled by a cold, and the Thanksgiving holiday. I am determined to finish however. Any thoughts on laundering/pre treating a rayon woven? Its a relatively loose weave, likely with a little cotton too.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Paris in November?
Last post by Susan in Saint John - December 02, 2019, 07:05:17 am
I have some leather that coordinates nicely with my fabrics.  I've never sewn real leather so I might find a place where I can use some in this SWAP.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Towanda - December 02, 2019, 07:03:03 am
Over the last few years, I've learned to appreciate hand basting and tailor tacks. I like using the Japanese basting thread or embroidery thread. I keep a needle threaded with basting thread at the cutting table. I found a little incense holder that holds the needle perfectly. It is so convenient and I can add the tailor tacks as I cut out the garment.

CCL - I know that you are really busy but can you do a post on using wigan? I bought some years ago and don't understand how and why you use it. Thanks
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by CCL - December 02, 2019, 06:11:23 am
Quote from: Susan in Saint John on December 01, 2019, 05:34:34 pmI hand baste seams too.  It took me a while to get my head around that basting often actually saves time [less ripping out].  It's much easier to sew a basted seam than to stop and start every time you need to remove a pin.  I prefer setting linings by hand too rather than bagging them by machine.

Raising my hand - another baste most everything person here.  Another advantage is that when sewing for BH or myself, we can try on frequently for fitting.  With dresses, I sometimes will baste up the entire garment for a fitting before I do my machine sewing. I have, however, been trying to perfect the technique of setting sleeves using Wigan.  No basting.  I have been getting pretty smooth insertions, so I am going to continue trying to get better at that.
 
I usually hand sew linings in, but I bagged the lining on the two vests I made for BH this year and I like the way they look for that type of garment.

I usually sew in traditional interfacing and canvas, but again this year I have been having some success with block fusing and so that's another technique I want to keep practicing.

Sewsy, I have gotten nowhere with my planning for SWAP and haven't done much sewing. Got a fleece winter cap whipped for myself and a third vest cut out for BH, but stalled because I didn't have a good match for thread on hand and also not 100% sold on the fabric I cut out for the back and lining. This may be another year when I don't get my act together.  But I still have time, right?   My plan for the sewn after the rules are released and before sewing starts on the 26th have changed from the Pendleton jacket to making a simple grey wool jersey dress, either a tee-neck (modified SA Alexi) or a boat neck. 

Work has been a tad frantic...and we are still recovering and there just hasn't been enough hours in the day to include sewing.

 
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by sewsy - December 02, 2019, 03:24:39 am
Quote from: Susan in Saint John on December 01, 2019, 05:34:34 pmI have learned to prefer sewing this way.  Thread tracing the seam lines is more accurate and then you can make decisions about the best seam allowance later.  The wider seam allowance are there if you need to refine the fit because some fabrics need more ease and others less.  They often press open better too before you trim them.

I hand baste seams too.  It took me a while to get my head around that basting often actually saves time [less ripping out].  It's much easier to sew a basted seam than to stop and start every time you need to remove a pin.  I prefer setting linings by hand too rather than bagging them by machine.

Will you underline?

Thank you, Susan! Seam LINES, not allowances!!!! I have that image of Roberta Carr doing the hand sewing firmly stuck in my memory. Always thought it was impressive. Will I underline? No, I don't think so. I've done quite a bit of underlining, mostly on the prom and homecoming gowns I've made. I'll be using fusibles for inner support of the jackets, so I don't think that underlining will be necessary. If it looks as though it'll be needed later on, then go ahead and do that.

Stephaniecan, I prefer doing hand-basting as well. It really doesn't take much time to do, and I find that I have much more control that when basting things by machine. It's relaxing, as well.


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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - December 01, 2019, 08:03:36 pm
I agree with you, Susan. I do a lot of hand basting. It makes me feel I have more control over the process (perhaps an illusion, but I like it! :)).
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@Sew Ruthie Sews we're in the same boat. I just started making my jacket. I cut out my toile today and started sewing it up, but I am not sure how the fitting will go as I am already undecided about exactly which changes to make. I may not have the jacket done before Christmas but I will consider it an achievement if I have the toile done in the next week or so, so it has not all been for naught. I'm going to wait and see. :)
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