Sunday, February 5, 2012

It's the little things.

Construction of the Gorgeous Pussy Bow Blouse began today, and thanks to three little tips - one from Colette Patterns and two from Pattern Runway - I've just made the best-looking collar of my life!  So of course I wanted to share the tips with my sewing friends!

The blouse pattern recommends that if you have very sheer fabric (as I do), it's best to interface both pieces of the collar and collar stand.  That way the seams won't show through on one side, and it makes ironing much easier.  Brilliant!

Colette Snippets posted a tip a while ago about sewing curves.  As you approach the curve, shorten the stitch length and of course, slow down.  I've been doing this since I read the tip a few weeks ago, and it has really made a difference to my curves:


Finally, Pattern Runway suggests that when sewing the collar pieces together, rather than sewing to a sharp point, shorten your stitch length as you approach the point, then stop one stitch short of the point and make a diagonal stitch over the the next edge.  (Better seen on the above photo.)


I did this both on the seam and on the edgestitching after I'd turned the collar, and I'm amazed at the difference it made!  I didn't have to poke around to make the collar point nearly as much as I usually do!

I'm only about one fourth of the way into the pattern, but so far I'm very impressed; it's very straightforward and full of tips.  I'm really taking my time on this one, and enjoying every minute!

11 comments:

  1. Pink parasol fabric?! Too cute!! Happy sewing!!

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  2. I do admire your sewing skills!

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  3. thanks for the tips on sewing curves and point. they make good sense, will definitely try it in future!

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    1. Glad they were helpful! These are the kind of things that I don't think of, but when someone point them out, I wonder why I didn't think of it! Makes so much sense!

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  4. I will have to start doing this little trick from now on. When I think about it, of course it makes sense but I always do a sharp angle instead of the diagonal stitch. Thanks for the tip! Mmm, ahem… what about the Still Light dress? I’m so eager to see it :)

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    1. I'm planning on taking Still Light pictures today, although they're going to more like No Light pictures! Very grey here today! But cool enough that wearing alpaca will be a very nice thing!

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  5. This blouse is high on my "to make" list so I am really pleased to see it is going well for you!

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  6. I'm very quickly becoming a fan of Pattern Runway. The directions are so clear, and such great tips along the way! I think there are going to be more of her patterns in my future!

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  7. hopped by via pinterest :-)
    thanks for the tut! i´ll be back.

    greets from hamburg, germany
    pami

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