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hi everyone...
yesterday i recieved a great package from kate...the patterns to make the dress
and jacket that she made herself for christmas.   now, i will say, i was hoping
(lol) that she would just take pity on me and send the dress....

kate...you are awsome!!!!!  i am planning on going through and having the DH
make copies at work (he has a blueprint sized copier) and will return to you!!!
 any suggestions for fabric?  i've never worked with stretch velvet (remember,
i love to quilt...not sew clothing!)...how hard is it to work with?

betsey
betsey
"we do not inherit the earth, we caretake it for our children"

Re: thank you kate!
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Glad they arrived safely!

Panne velvet is NOT hard to sew!  Just make sure of a few simple things:

Use poly thread!

Make sure the pile is all going the same way - DOWN the dress is best!
OK, this is the opposite way from standard velvet, but the pile is
linger and less comfortable to wear the other way up, and it sticks to
things a lot more!  It doesn't need lining, usually, but if you DO line
it, a stretch nylon like underwear nylon is best...  Be prepared for
sparks!

If you don't have a serger, worry not!  I have sewn this stuff
successfully on my spinning Jenny 'forward only' hand cranked singer
66K!  HOWEVER, having a zigzag is a real improvement!  Sew it with a
small narrow zigzag (like the one I used on the bias cut disaster
bridesmaid dresses... ), and use 'taut sewing' - that is, stretch the
fabric a little as it goes under the needle...  being VERY careful not
to pull the fabric through the needle!  Pull the fabric taut and let the
feed dogs pull it through the machine.  Use a walking foot if you have
one, or a roller foot.  You don't need to worry about raw edges
ravelling on this stuff - they don't!  For the sake of neatness, you
might want to zigzag the seam allowances together and trim them.
There's a page about seam finishes with this on it on to go on my web
site for anyone not familiar with this seam finish.  It'll be up soon!
Meanwhile, just ask...  I finished the hems and the cuffs with the 6mm
twin needle.  On this soft stuff with the twin needle, I bypass the
bobbin tension - an easy technique with a drop in bobbin, but not so
easy with a vertical bobbin in a removable case.

For the jacket, I just cut one copy of the fabric from the sari, and one
from the lining, leaving out the front band on the lining version...  I
sewed them both up with a plain flat seam presses open, basted the band
on, put them right sides together, and sewed the seam round the band...
I flipped it all right way out and sewed the cuff and the hems together
with a straight stitch!  There is NOT hand sewing on the jacket (the
pattern is such that the stitching doesn't show unless you nose is
REALLY up against it!), and it was all done on my Singer 15-88 treadle!
--
Kate  XXXXXX
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Re: thank you kate!
Hmph!  I feel left out!!   Kate, I will be going through my patterns
again for cleaning out soon...anything you want me to set aside for you?
  Also, have you been able to use any of those "retro" patterns that I
sent off??

Larisa

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Re: thank you kate!
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The retro patterns are carefully stashed away for 'next time', but have
already provided ideas and a sleeve for something...  Any more you have
will always find a good home here!

And don't feel left out - watch the mail box!  ;P
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Kate  XXXXXX
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Re: thank you kate!
OKey DOkey...not sure if i have any more retro...will have to
look...would you want any "modern" ones that no longer want to stay with
me??

Larisa

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