Making Blue Jeans

jeansHi Andy,
I ran across your Q&A while searching for ironing info for Baroque Satin. I have a 7 year old that is 4-foot-2-inches and thin, and a combination from size 6 thru 10 on her measurements. Hence, I’m learning quickly how to “design to fit” her little body. (We’re even making our own line of blue jeans!) We are making a very special red/white baroque satin dress for an upcoming Father/Daughter dance. Full formal length, petticoats, double-layered skirting with flounces, lace appliqués’, etc. What is the best setting for my iron to press my seams (I’m serging all final seams!) I don’t want to burn or damage the garment, I’m more than 1/2 done and have been able to get away with attaching pieces w/o ironing thus far. Now I’m nearly ready for finish work, and I don’t want to screw it up!? (after 20 years, I can’t believe this is my first satin garment) also, as a side note, I designed a really cool custom sweats-type outfit for my favorite football team. They don’t make outfits like this for adults, only children/toddlers. Any ideas on how I might get the attention of companies who could mass produce it? I’m soooo proud of this outfit, and get many compliments on it (“Where in the world did you get that? I want one!) I am a graphic designer by trade, and this fashion designing started as a necessity for my little girl, but is a blast!
Thank “sew” much, Dawn

Dear Dawn: We are passing your questions on to our resident sewing expert, Judith. Good Luck, Andy
Pressing satin depends on the fiber content of your satin, if it is an acetate or silk satin, you will need an iron on low heat, if it is polyester satin you can use a little higher heat. You can usually press on the wrong side if your steam iron doesn’t spit or leak. The best idea would be to try your steam iron on scraps to see which setting works the best. Hope this helps!

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