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Any advice on a bias-cut chemise pattern on a polyester-satin type of
material?  (I'm new at this, and i think i bit off more than i can chew).
I tried to lay the pattern out (it was to be placed on fold) and cut the half,
then flip it over for the other half - but the two halves didn't match up.  I
guess the material slipped. (?)  Very frustrated, and glad it wasn't
expensive.  But what are the secrets to this???

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Bias cuts are a lot easier to do if you cut the pieces on full as it stops
mistakes like this happening.

Kate Dicey recently wrote of a disaster repair story involving bias cut
dresses and it had heaps of good tips on bias sewing. The url  is here:
http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/Sewing_Room/Bridesmaid_horror_story/a
_bias_cut_disaster.htm you will probably have to cut and paste it.



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On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 07:20:45 GMT, ml wrote:

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Ouch - tricky fabric to start bias cutting with!

I would put your poly away for now and practice with a crisp, light cotton
such as a batik - it's a lot more forgiving.

Kate is right - duplicate the other half of the pattern, so you can do it
in full (yes- it slipped).

OR, introduce a centre seam, adding seam allowances, and re-lay the fabric.
I can't really describe this layout, but you'll see what I mean from the
article Bias 101 on the Threads site (www.threads.com). It should be in the
archive, but if you can't find it, post on here and I'll send it to you. If
you lay your bias pieces in this way, they don't 'walk' around your body so
much. Bias cuts have a tendency to twist when you wear them if you only
have side seams.

I sew bias garments with a very slight zigzag, and finish with bias
binding, usually contrast. And they go on over my head - no zips or
closures. My bible for this is Lingerie Secrets by Jan Bones - I now make
all my camisoles, slips, etc on the bias from instructions in this book.

HTH anyway
:) Trish

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I agree, put away the poly for now and practice with a nice cotton.  No, it
won't have the same hand as what you want your finished product to have.
However, you need to think of this as a practice piece.  :)  A cotton
batiste will have really obvious grain lines too.  That makes it a great
fabric to learn about bias.

Here's a link to the article Trish was telling you about:

http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00007.asp

Trish---threads.com opens a link to what looks like a thread shop.  ;)  And
it's always great to have another one of those in the favorites file.  ;)

Sharon

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On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 13:03:14 GMT, mamahays wrote:

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Ooh, err, you're quite right.

Where is my head?

I think I meant www.taunton.com...

...it must be the drink.

:) Trish

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Look at my web site (URL below) and take a look at the How to rescue a
bias cut disaster! page in Kate's Sewing Room: while this is the story
of what NOT to do, there are plenty of tips about what to do when
looking at bias cut things.  feel free to ask me anything more that this
doesn't help with.

The bridesmaid dresses were poly satin, a fabric I am very familiar
with...  There are no secrets, but the combination of bias cut and a
fabric that moves when you aren't looking and likes to live on the floor
is not one I'd usually feed a novice sewing person!  And I'm not sure
what you mean about flipping the pattern over...  If you tell me which
pattern, I can try to find it and have a look.

Kate  XXXXXX
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk
Click on Kate's Pages and explore!

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Thanks for all the replies, i feel a bit better now knowing i picked a tough
one to start with so it wasn't just me! :-)

The pattern is one i traced from the Kwik-Sew book "Sewing Beautiful Lingerie"
and it's just a simple chemise.  It shows it on the fold so i laid it with the
fold line on the bias, fabric flat, and cut it up to the fold, then picked up
the pattern and turned it over the opposite for the other side, but the two
sides didn't come out the same.  

I'll put that away and rescue it some other time.  It's still a good hunk of
fabric to do something else with.  

If anyone has an idea for pretty padded hangers or something, i'd appreciate
that.  Thanks.  I really do need to stick with real simple patterns for now.

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Padded hangers are the easiest.  Start with wooden hangers
without a rod across.  Make tubes of satin type fabric,
about twice the length of each half of the hanger and
about twice as big around.  Wrap the hanger with thin
quilt batting, then slip a tube onto each end, letting it
gather, then hand sew together under the hook.  You can
cover that seam with a bit of lace, ribbon, or any handy
trim.  A bow, and you're done.  You can put a drop of
scented oil on the batting before you cover it.
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On Thu, 13 Nov 2003 00:40:51 -0800, Me wrote:

Start with wooden hangers
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Very nice - might try some of these for Christmas.

:) Trish

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Trishty wrote:

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I know someone who uses the remnants from each garment she
makes to create a matching hanger.  She sells a lot of the
things she produces, though.  But it's a nice idea.

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