Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

Creating New Memories of Your Wedding?

Re-creating New Memories From Wedding Dresses – The SandPaper http://news.google.comThu, 29 Aug 2013 16:34:38 GMT The SandPaperRe-creating New Memories From Wedding DressesThe SandPaperThe projects take shape on the serger, sewing and embroidery machines. The embroidery machine is used to put the baby’s name on blankets and bibs and the cristening date on the bo … Repurposing your special wedding dress is such a great idea!  All of those thoughts about your daughter wearing your dress for her wedding do not take into account how to store the wedding dress for a year or 5.  Keep in mind that you may be moving more than once in the next 5 to 10+ years and there may come a time when you decide that moving the wedding dress is more trouble than it is worth.  Remember that any stains in your dress need to be removed before storing the dress, especially if you have plans that you will have a daughter and your daughter will want to wear your wedding dress.  If you plan on repurposing your gown, you won’t worry so much about storing or moving the gown.  Just fold the gown carefully and store out of the sunlight.  The gown can be cleaned before you repurpose. 31 Ways To Repurpose Your Wedding Gown – FreeShipping.org http://www.freeshipping.orgMon, 06 Jun 2011 10:35:35 GMT You’ve already done the wedding march and packed away your wedding gown. You could wait 20 years then toss it, or consider one of our 31 ways to repurpose that super-expensive dress. Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.

Dyeing Silk Zibeline?

I am in the planning stages of sewing a special occasion dress of silk zibeline. I would really like dark green, which doesn’t seem to be available anywhere. Would it work to purchase the fabric in white, then dye it (I assume you would recommend the reactive dyes mentioned)? Test, test, test, obviously, before attempting to dye the whole yardage. Thanks!   Hillary  

Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Project

  Image via Flickr   Are you a master seamstress or a student of the needle and thread? If so, completing a new article of clothing or a new set of curtains from a simple bolt of fabric is one of life’s greatest pleasures. You might want to try something new or find a new spark of inspiration, though. Here’s how to choose the right fabric for your next project.   Pajamas Pajamas are a lovely gift to make for Christmas or a birthday. It also makes slipping into them after a long hard day so much more rewarding. Pajamas are an article of clothing which you have a lot of flexibility with. For a traditional pair of upbeat pajamas filled with color, try a bolt of flannel. Flannel has lots of colors and is relatively thin. A pair of flannel pajamas is perfect for the summer. You might also want to opt for satin. Satin fabric is light and smooth. That ‘slippery’ feeling of being inside them adds an extra layer of comfort. Either fabric will work well for this new project. Curtains Curtains are usually very expensive and you may find that you cannot replace your old and worn out curtains based on your budget needs. Thankfully, a roll of fabric can be used for curtains and a bit of work on your part can save you hundreds of dollars on dressing up your windows. Try using linen for a beautiful pair of summer curtains. It comes in light colors but stops people from looking in. Furthermore, it’s thin enough to allow sunshine and a light breeze to filter through the window. It suits windows both big and small. It affords the privacy you seek without compromising your comfort. If you want a more luxurious feel, choose a damask fabric and create long flowing curtain panels. This fabric can be purchased in many different colors and patterns and will be much less to create your own rather than purchase ready-made curtains. Pillows The problem with most living rooms is the continuity and the lack of variety between fabrics. It’s almost like everything is made from some blend of synthetic fabric. Add some variety to your room by making throw pillows. Throw pillows are very expensive to purchase but with a little time and fabric, you can make a throw pillow that matches an décor. The excitement of making your own pillows is that it’s something for both beginners and experts. Beginners can enjoy learning the basics…
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Hem Stitches by Hand or Sewing Machine

Image via Flickr A variety of stitches can be used to hem garments from blind stitch to slip stitch.  Here are a few web sites that teach both hand sewing and machine sewing for hemming garments: Hand stitching the blind hem:  How To Hem Pants » How to Mend & Hem Clothes : How to Hand … http://howtohempants.learnbyvideo.infoMon, 08 Apr 2013 01:48:07 GMT How to Mend & Hem Clothes : How to Hand Hem a Skirt with a Blind Stitch how to hem pants. More hand stitches for hems: Tutorial : hand sewn hems – megan nielsen design diary http://blog.megannielsen.comThu, 28 Mar 2013 12:00:19 GMT First up is the whipstitch. This stitch is one of the more basic and faster hem stitches. It produces slanted stitches on the inside, and near invisible, tiny stitches on the outside. Here’s how… 1. Start by hiding your thread knot, … Image via Flickr This technique on the sewing machine takes some practice but once it is mastered, it is a quick way to hem.  Machine invisible hem with blind stitch: Hem And Haw: Perfect Invisible Hem Tutorial | A Crafty Fox | http://www.acraftyfox.netThu, 28 Mar 2013 12:30:01 GMT So here, as promised,is my invisible hem tutorial. This method gives me consistent fabulous results every time. To do this, you will need: Sewing Machine with Blind Stitch (most machines other than straight stitch have this) …   Rolled hem for Chiffon on straight stitch machine: Technique of the Week: Hemming Silk Chiffon | The Couture Academic http://coutureacademic.wordpress.comSun, 17 Mar 2013 05:36:18 GMT Stitch just below your hem line with a row of machine stitches. Make sure … Stitch close to the fold…how close you stitch depends on how little you want your hem to be…this was my first time doing it, so I was conservative! ? Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net

Lighting and Ott Light and LED and CFL I am confused!

Image via Flickr Is anyone else confused about lighting and which bulb to use for which task?  First we had the incandescent bulb for many years until the CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulb was required by law and now we have the LED (light emitting diode).  The good news is that the CFL isn’t our only choice for replacing the incadescent light bulbs.  Further good news is that the LED bulbs are highly efficient and further good news is that the prices for LED bulbs are going down.  Biggest complaint is the color. Enter the Cree Warm White: The Best LED Lightbulb Is the Cree Warm White | The Wirecutter http://thewirecutter.com4/8/13 I’ve been writing about the electronic design industry for over 15 years and I’ve never seen an LED light bulb with a better combination of features than the Cree. At $13, it’s dimmable, has high … And CFLs do have some impressive numbers: A 60W-equivalent CFL can produce 800 lumens from 13W (vs. the Cree’s miserly 9.5W), can operate for as long as 10,000 hours, and you’ve probably seen them at big box stores for around $1.50. However, for a buck and a half … Now for even better news, the consumer can choose the color of the light:  How to Choose an LED Light Bulb | MIT Technology Review http://www.technologyreview.com3/9/13 There are now many general-purpose consumer LED bulbs that give off good light. With so many, how can you tell the difference? Wahoo!  When I first used an Ott light when I was sewing with black thread on black fabric I could actually see the thread, even at night!  With the LED light in the right color for my eyesight, who knows what else I can sew at night?!   Image via Flickr Another interesting article, this time on home decorating with lighting.  With so many “Smart” technologies, what about “Smart” light bulbs:  LED: The New Discount Lighting | Interior Design http://www.interior-dsgn.com4/4/13 Ambient Light with LED. Creating a soft and flattering light plays a role in your overall lighting scheme. LED produces a far more pleasing glow than other bulbs. The light of an LED bulb is a soft, white light. It brings a comforting, cozy feeling to any room, without the harsher, more yellow glow of other bulbs. There are … The beauty of LED lights is you can create that soft white glow, but you can also choose from a myriad of colors to complement any mood or design. I hope that this blog was as much fun to read…
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What is Silk Charmeuse?

Image via Flickr Silk Charmeuse pronounced [shahr-moos] is  a lustrous satin on one side, pebble type crepe on the other side.  Both sides can be used to create dramatic one color interest with texture by alternating satin then crepe sides.  Silk Charmeuse drapes like water, feels like liquid on the skin. And now Vera Wang talks about Wedding dresses and silk charmeuse:  Advice from Vera Wang! http://www.marys.com3/13/13 For daring and provocative, I recommend silk charmeuse; one of the most glamorous and luxurious fabrics, it was a favorite of Hollywood sirens such as Jean Harlow. However, silk charmeuse as well as jersey and chiffon are … Silk Charmeuse can sometimes be tricky to sew as one blogger discovered:Lining of the Macaron – zilredloh http://zilredloh.com/Feb 11 It went a lot faster than I would have guessed given the fact that it’s silk charmeuse, one of the slickest & shiftiest fabrics ever. The yoke of the bodice was underlined in matching silk charmeuse and bound with bias strips so there was no need to line the top portion of the bodice as well. Using tissue paper strips on the top of the seam you are sewing as well as a tissue paper strip on the bottom of the seam you are sewing can make sewing with slippery fabrics easier.  After sewing the seam, just tear the tissue paper away and discard. Image via Flickr Silk Charmeuse is beautiful in blouses, draped dresses, lingerie, sheets, pillowcases and bias cut evening gowns.   Apply perfume and/or deodorant before you put on your silk garment.  Small drops of hair spray can and will add unwanted spots to silk fabric.    Silk that has been pre-treaterd or washed prior to construction can be washed easily at home.   One blogger found a wonderful baby blanket that I am sure is washable.  Scout-a Mom’s guide to stylish living – The very best baby blanket http://feedproxy.google.com/Feb 7 It is made of a super soft, organic velour and edged with a natural silk charmeuse ruffle. What I love about it is the size and the weight. It’s not too big, so she can have it in the crib with her. Yet, it’s just big enough to cover her up on cold nights. The language of silk is used to describe perfume?  Now Smell This – Parfums M Micallef Ylang in Gold – fragrance review – Now Smell This http://www.nstperfume.com/Dec 10, 2012 I have to go back to silk here — Ylang in Gold wears like a honey-toned charmeuse gown. Ylang in…
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Vintage Japanese kimono silk

Hi, I am purchasing some vintage Japanese kimono silk fabric and would like to know how I should preshrink this fabric prior to sewing.  Your help is appreciated.   By: joni tanaka